Traveling is a way to expand our imagination and zest for life. It is always exciting to visit a new country. Learn about its people, its history, its culture and go shopping too. Visiting a new place let me see what is possible. I am always enriched by my travels to new places and come home a different person with an added dimension.
Whenever I go to a new place I make sure I visit a holy place of worship, a church, a synagogue or a temple. It gives me a sense of the people. It gives me a serene place to ground myself and be one with the spiritual energy of the place. I also pray and ask for a safe and meaningful vacation. Different countries have different religions and spiritual beliefs, but they all have temples or churches.
Japan has over 2000 temples to visit. It will probably take a year to visit all of them, so I would try to visit one of the more interesting temples or shrines so that I can also visit other sites.
One of the favorite temple to visit is Kiyomizu-dera, officially known as Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera. It is a Buddhist temple located in Eastern Kyoto. Its present buildings were constructed in the year 1633. The entire structure was built without a single nail used. It was named after the waterfall within the complex. Kiyomizu means clear or pure water.
It is known for its wooden hall which is a large veranda with a great view of cherry and maple trees and the city of Kyoto.
Underneath the main hall is the waterfall where are three streams of water that fall into a pond that are believed to help grant wishes.
The temple was one of the finalists to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. If there is only one temple you would visit, this is a good choice.