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Sanjusangendo Temple

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Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the great hall within which houses 1001 life-sized, wooden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
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657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0467
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a beautiful temple containing the famous 1000 Buddha statues. You must go there if you are in Kyoto. Also other statues are great to see

Thank Vin D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very different temple then the others we visited in Kyoto. The many golden statues were quite impressive. We took a guided tour and this helped to understand this temple.

Thank GREG S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A hidden gem that is not so well known, but totally different from all the other temples in Kyoto. You really can’t tell from the outside, but the inside is just amazing with 33 bays (hence the name) of golden statues. Also look for remnants...More

Thank Wendy V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read on websites and on guidebooks that this temple contained 1000 statues of the thousand-armed goddess of mercy, Kannon. Strangely, we never saw any pictures. Now we know why. You enter this temple and in a long hall, there are just rows upon rows...More

Thank Snowbeardude
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this temple as we were staying nearby. Unfortunately no photo inside. It was great to see so many statues inside and we liked this one the best out of many temples we visited in Kyoto.

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Largest wooden building in Japan. What an amazing presentation of an important piece of history, even down to the nightingale corridors (no spoiler!). Awesome that the great art is being preserved. No inside photos but do go - it’s a real experience. Take the time...More

Thank Ashanpo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Largest wooden structure anywhere in the world. 1001 Buddha statues inside. The structure has lasted for centuries. Well worth visiting

Thank RomaPHILE33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice and calm visit, the number of statues are impressive. It is a short visit if you don't take your time admiring the statues, but I liked it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

However - no photos are allowed anymore within the space. Beautiful and very spiritual space! Quiet area.

Thank 386jeanniec
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I feel this attraction is quite underrated, not being mentioned in most of the travel guides. If you a little time to visit many attractions, place this as one of your top destinations while in Kyoto.

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January 19, 2018|
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Response from RayWaspe | Reviewed this property |
We stumbled upon this temple by chance, it was mid /late afternoon and although somewhat busy, it wasn’t overcrowded. The temple is huge and everyone inside was respectfully quiet so it never felt busy.
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March 22, 2017|
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Response from dlw2335 | Reviewed this property |
You can take a taxi. And yes, there should be cherry blossoms in early April!
January 19, 2016|
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Response from Nick S |
It is not far from Kyoto station. We walked, about 20 min. (Note we used Google map/ navigator).