What is the best temple in Kyoto?

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It’s nearly impossible to narrow down a single temple in Kyoto — home to more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines — as the best. But Forbes Travel Guide editors say a must-see is Kiyomizu-dera, the “Pure Water Temple” in Higashiyama, which dates back to the 8th century and offers some of the best, most accessible views of the city. The main hall features a massive wooden veranda supported by 139 colossal pillars that extends over the hillside. At the base of its main hall is the Otowa Waterfall, which separates into three streams. Visitors use cups attached to long poles to drink the water here, thought to bestow health and long life. But visiting the temple is only part of the experience. Walk along Sannen-zaka, the cobblestone path leading to the temple. It’s lined with small shrines, old wooden houses and little shops selling senbei and other treats.

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