Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto - Jim Wageman

Kiyomizu-dera temple in eastern Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was founded in the late 8th century at the order of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, a general and shogun of the early Heian period. Its current structures, all built without the use of nails, date from the early 17th century. The name Kiyomizu, literally clear or pure water, derives from the waterfall found within the temple grounds. The cliffside location of the temple's main buildings makes for sweeping views of the surrounding hillsides.