No question, on the list of "things you absolutely must see if you visit Kyouto," Kiyomizu-dera is at the absolute top. Until recently, though, I'd somehow never gotten around to it. Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, Hieizan, Byoudoin, sure, but never Big Mama herself. And then, by a strange twist of luck, I ended up going twice in two days - once with my Doushisha friends, and then again, on a sort of English Club proselytizing tour in which we broke prospective members into groups, tossed them in with a few joukaisei, and spent the day trying to convince them how much fun we are to hang out with. (The real members even paid for their bus fare, entry fees, etc; I paid my own way but did not contribute to the pot because, hey, not a buin!) What's kind of funny is that there were multiple groups for every conceivable tourist sight in Kyouto-shi, and I managed to draw Kiyomizu-dera after having just been there the day before. So I collected some ok photos, thoroughly sated my curiosity, and can say with confidence that it is indeed fairly impressive, and I can recommend it for your itinerary.
There's normal uranai, as well - Buzz Lightyear, a senpai one year my senior, pulled a Koi Uranai and got "If you don't have a partner, you will soon find one. If you do, the woman will soon be pregnant." He immediately tied it to the fence in hopes of warding it off...
It's just about time to wrap up this modest series on Gion. In the final part, we'll see some of the little things that didn't fit, didn't warrant a whole post, or weren't very good pictures but which I want to show you anyway.