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Sanjusangendo Temple

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-525-0033
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-525-0033
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Reviewed yesterday

Wow - I thought seeing the Buddha's at Nara and Kamakura were moving - the 1,000 statues in this temple are extraordinary! I understand why they don't want visitors to take photos but I wish I could have taken just one! As you turn the...More

Thank Wanderlust63CA
Reviewed yesterday

Unusual temple. It's history as an archery competition site and remaining holes in some walls captivated the young people.

Thank NathalieWestport
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nothing like this anywhere else - 1000 lifesize buddhas surrounding the grand cannon - all individually carved and made in the 13th century - look carefully at each statues expression - they vary a lot . You must see this while in Kyoto.

Thank nikolai69
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Hall of Lotus King is a marvel of ancient wooden construction. In the middle of the elongated space is the large thousand armed Kannon but most interestingly, on each side of the Kannon stood 500 smaller (standing) version of the same Kannon bringing the...More

Thank captk2071
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved visiting this place. The 1,000 statues of Kannon are a sight to behold! Incredible, especially realizing that they were made in the 12th and 13th centuries. Most definitely worth a visit. (Note: no photography in the temple.)

Thank oak2wn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So glad we saw this! Beautiful. Can't believe how old it is. Well worth a visit. A shame you can't take photos but it makes you buy a souvenir at the end .

Thank Tracey A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting is good, but whats really impressive is the 1000 golden statues inside the building. Very interesting Buddhist sculptures too. There is an entrance fee.

Thank Ole_Gorm
Reviewed 1 week ago

The statues are amazing! I lost my wallet at the temple and it made it back to the US. Only in Japan!

Thank yogafreak2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With reasonably priced admission fees, Sanjusangendo is a very ancient and historic monument which allows visitors to explore the inner peace of themselves. This Buddhist temple is named Sanjusangendo as Sanjusan means 33 in Japanese. The great hallway within the temple is split into 33...More

2  Thank Satohiro S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as i stay just next in Hyatt so just two or three minuts of walk. great really fantastic. i do not remember how many times i came here but sure will not be the last one. please come here too.

Thank albertosR7320AZ
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Response from penelopeanfu | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer that, I went in December! Just ask or google from the station you are at, and can find a proper answer Good luck
19 January 2016|
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Response from 旅好きじいさん | Reviewed this property |
I recommend to use one day free bus ticket. The ticket price is 500 yen. The ticket takes you almost all place in Kyoto city area.
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