|Above, the main hall will be getting a new roof, starting next month. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Visitors headed to Japan in February and March who plan to visit Kiyomizu will find that the iconic views of the main hall and stage will be marred while the main hall gets a new roof. The project will take three years to complete.
According to the Mainichi Shimbun:
KYOTO -- The famed Kiyomizu Temple, a designated national treasure, is set to begin replacing the roof of its main hall in early February for the first time in 50 years, temple officials said.
The work is scheduled to be completed by March 2020. During the work, visitors will be able to enter the temple premises in Higashiyama Ward, including its well-known wooden stage. However, the view of the temple on its hilltop perch -- one of the ancient capital's most famous vistas -- will be marred somewhat by the temporary roofing that will cover the main hall.I visited Kiyomizu in October 2015 and have plenty of photos of the main hall and stage.
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