In Gion, at the base of Kiyomizu-dera there is a place like a memorial/ cemetery where a lot of Japanese people remember their beloved. When you arrive there are stairs, but you can pass at the right site (carpark) and take the elevator. I ‘ll upload pictures. Watch out.. if you are up there is a sign that you can go to Kiyomizu-dera, but is is very steep and at the and there is a stair (20 steps) without a bar.. But the nice thing is to go a bit to see the tipical japanese way of a memorial..
So the only way is to go back and take the regular way..