14. Kiyomizu Temple 清水寺 or Kiyomizu-dera is a major attraction to the city much celebrated for its awe-inspiring architecture. Not one nail was used in building the entire temple. The showpiece here is 'dancing stage’ veranda where performances were once held. Kiyomizu takes its name from the waterfall in the hills nearby, the water itself being sacred. Kiyomizu means pure water in Japanese.