Kiyomizu-dera (Isumi, Chiba)

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Kiyomizu-dera, Isumi, Chiba Prefecture
Mountain name Otowasan
Denomination Tendai
Founded 9th century (traditionally)
Founder(s) Sakanoue no Tamuramaro
Address 1270 Kamone, Misaki-machi, Isumi, Chiba Prefecture
Country Japan

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?) is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Isumi in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. According to an alternate reading of the name in Japanese, the temple is also referred to as Seisui-ji, and is commonly known as the Kiyomizu Kannon. Kiyomizu-dera is the 32nd temple in the Bandō Sanjūsankasho, or the circuit of 33 Buddhist temples in Eastern Japan sacred to bodhisattva Kannon.

According to legend, Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the Heian period by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, the first shogun of Japan. Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, closely associated with the construction of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, reputedly built the Isumi temple as a replica of the well-known Kyoto temple of the same name. Nearly all temple structures of the Heian period were destroyed by fire at some time in the Muromachi period between 1469-148, and today few Heian period remnants are extant. The present hon-dō (Main Hall) was reconstructed between 1688 and 1703.



Order in Buddhist Pilgrimages[edit]

Bandō Sanjūsankasho
31 Kasamori-ji -- 32 Kiyomizu-dera (Isumi, Chiba)  -- 33 Nago-dera


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Coordinates: 35°17′24.5″N 140°21′22.8″E / 35.290139°N 140.356333°E / 35.290139; 140.356333