Founded in the year 780, the Kiyomizudera temple is one of the oldest temples in Japan and derives its names from the crystal clear and pure waters of the Otowa Waterfall on the site of which it was built. In 1994 the temple made its mark on the world map of history when it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The temple site is best known for its iconic wooden stage that extends from its main hall and above the hillside below. From this platform, visitors and tourists can enjoy stunning views of the innumerable maple and cherry trees that surround the temple alongwith a view of the city of Kyoto at a distance. The Jishu Shrine, behind the main temple’s hall and the Otowa waterfall and the hundreds of statues of Kannon and Buddha around the site are just a few of the marvels that can be appreciated by travelers from all around the world.