Our apartment in Kyoto is around the Kiyomizu area and the day we arrived, it was already in the afternoon. Our hosts were nice enough to direct us to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. But only for a one week period, the temple was opened at night.
Most of the temples we visited are located high up in the hills overlooking the city of Kyoto and Kiyomizu-dera is no different. But we have arrived at night, rather later after dinner. So we did not make the whole round of the temple but just walking around the main entrance. But the architecture is beautiful. We managed to capture some nice shots of the buildings.
This is the main gate of the temple.
The reverse shot of the gate.
The wooden architecture is well restored and maintained.
Nice night shots - normally the temple closes by 5pm but this week while we were there is a special week where they open at night and with special lighting too.
Another reason why we did not make the whole round was the weather - night time temperature this time of the year tend to be around zero degrees Celsius and many of us are not prepared for these kinds of weather. So these are some of the shots we made of the Kiyomizu-dera temple area.
A magical evening at the temple indeed. A special sight only to the few who were lucky enough to be there to enjoy the view.