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Japan Photo Journal: 500 lights illuminate Kyoto's Kiyomizu temple in special event

(Mainichi/Kazuki Yamazaki)

The Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera temple is seen lit up together with cherry blossoms and other trees during a special night viewing event in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward on March 27, 2021. Some 500 large and small lights have been set up for the event, which began the same day, illuminating the Main Hall, a national treasure whose four-year renovation was completed at the end of 2020, and the approximately 1,000 trees around the temple. While the event opened amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there will be no entry restrictions to prevent crowding and no set routes for visitors, as they are not allowed to go into rooms that would create confined spaces at night. The special night viewing event runs between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., until April 4. The entrance fee is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children in elementary and junior high school.

    (Japanese original by Kenji Yagura, Kyoto Bureau)

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