The Kiyomizu Temple is a Buddhist temple located in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kiyomizudera is said to have been constructed from 778 by Enchin, a buddhist priest, in honor of the Kannon Bosatsu (Bodhisattva of Mercy and Compassion). A bodhisattva is one who can achieve enlightenment but decides to remain on earth to assist others in achieving nirvana. The present buildings were reconstructed in 1633 and some were recently restored. Kiyomizu-dera is well-known landmark of Kyoto and one of the most touristical temples in Japan. It is a prime destination during the cherry-blossom and autumn-leaves season.