Sanjusangendo Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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  • Suzie G
    Cape Town, South Africa201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One pf the top attractions
    This was just absolutely amazing! There is a nice garden where you walk around before entering the building with the 1001 human-size statues of Kaanon. They look them same but their faces are different a bit. Pictures are not allowed to be taken inside. There are other guardian statues in front of the Kaanon ones. Each of them has an English description. Entrance fee: 600 yen
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Travis SC
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best temple in the area
    When visiting Sanjusangendo Temple, visitors will be amazed by the grandiose size of the hall, which is nearly 120 meters long. Inside the hall, visitors will find 1,001 statues of Kannon, which are each carved from Japanese cypress wood. The statues are each different sizes and depict different aspects of Kannon’s life. The statues are incredibly detailed and are said to be so lifelike that visitors can almost feel the presence of the goddess. Visitors can also marvel at the breathtaking views from the temple grounds. From the temple grounds, visitors can take in the beauty of the surrounding area, which includes the nearby mountains and rivers.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • sudeep912
    401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple of statues
    This temple also known as Kannon, one thousand standing statues of different gods and one gigantic statue placed in the centre. The statues are made of Japanese cypress wood. most of them made in 12 th century. several gods are portrayed and reminds us about hindu gods back home.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 10, 2023
  • MelissaL0715
    Tampa, Florida917 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking temple - more unique than most
    This is a must see if you are visiting Kyoto. This temple holds the most beautiful golden statues… Each carved over hundreds of years. The perimeter is extremely well-maintained and unique in many ways. Inside can’t be rivaled, so I’d highly recommend you visit. We were not disappointed.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom572 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Buddhas
    Came here as part of guided tour of Kyoto. We had never seen anything like this place - 1000 statues of Buddha each with slightly different facial features. The other statues of gods were quite scary with piercing eyes. Well worth a visit if visiting Kyoto. My husband was disappointed that photography was not allowed within the temple.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Temple
    This place doesn’t seem to be as well known as some other Kyoto temples but it was probably my favorite. The 1,001 statues of Kannon plus assorted others was a magnificent sight. English signage was plentiful and very informative. This temple should definitely be on a short list of important Kyoto tourist sights.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2024
  • Richard S
    Niagara Falls, Canada32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss it
    There are just too many spectacular temples and sites to visit in Kyoto, in the short time most people have available. We were happy to visit several of the best, but particularly happy that we didn’t miss stopping at Sanjusangendo. It may not look like much in the pictures, but the wooden statues inside are one of the most remarkable things you will ever see…..and there are far more than 1001..we counted.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Daphne M
    Cardiff, United Kingdom241 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    This temple does not look anything special initially and then you remove your shoes and go inside. WOW! It was quite overwhelming to see the 1001 golden statues of kannon inside. The gold has largely worn away but they are still visually stunning. The wooden floors or ‘nightingale floors’ as they are called were designed to squeak to warn of invaders and it’s quite an experience to hear the noise they make. No photography is allowed inside and largely people were very respectful of this. There is also a short film of the annual archery competition which is held each new year which is worth a watch.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No phototaking inside here!
    I took City Bus #17 from the Kyoto Station to reach this attraction. It is located across from the National Museum. Entrance fee is 600 yen per person. Outside: There are 2 beautiful Japanese Gardens outside. I took pictures of these gardens and the buildings near them. Inside: Visitors have to take off their shoes at the entrance of the building. On display are various statutes of the Warrior Gods and their poses. Behind them are many statutes of Buddhas. Also on display are some swords, big statue of Buddha, archery stuffs, etc. Taking photos here is not allowed!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 24, 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular sight - highly recommended
    This was a late addition to our itinerary and I’m so glad we went. The statues of Kannon are so spectacular and much larger than we thought. It’s quite difficult to take it all in - the hall goes on forever and there are other statues of deities with descriptions of each dotted along the walkway. Please be respectful and do not take photos - there a cctv cameras that will catch you if you break the rules. It was nice not to have to push through a crowd of selfie hunters and Instagram fanatics and to be able to just view them. It also has a pretty garden of course!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
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MomRocco
Chicago, IL538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was one of the first temples we visited on our tour. We were impressed with the size and layout of the sight, but having first seen the Golden Pavilion Temple, it paled in comparison. Our tour also visited this location during Golden Week, which we had no idea how much more crowded everything would be as it is a time of celebration and travel by the Japanese people.
Written May 30, 2024
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jabitz
Melbourne, Australia257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Our guide took us here and I'm glad he did as it is amazing, the artistry of the carvings of 1001 statues of Buddhist deity Kannon is incredible. They are all slightly different and the stories told by our guide were very interesting, if you don't have a guide there are boards explaining what you are looking at and the history of it all. There are also 28 statues of goods protecting the Kannon's which are just as marvellous to see. A must see when in Kyoto. No photos are allowed inside the building but there are beautiful gardens and other buildings to enjoy too where photos can be taken.
Written May 26, 2024
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Martin R
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A beautiful setting. The highlight is the tremendous hall with 1,001 Buddha statues. Unfortunately, no photos allowed in this part of the venue.
Written May 5, 2024
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
- the gardens, the hall, and the 1001 Buddhas too! Gorgeous, beautiful, but also spiritually extremely powerful. For me, especially the main center image is sublime, perhaps my favorite Buddha incarnation in Kyoto.

Three purchasing recommendations, even if this sounds skewed: The incense sticks that have the same smell as those used here (brings back the memory, helps the recollection); the ancient amulet against headaches (the oldest one the temple offers); and a Kannon silkscreen triptych-like image right from the sanctuary. Thank me later, as they say :-)
Written May 4, 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was a late addition to our itinerary and I’m so glad we went. The statues of Kannon are so spectacular and much larger than we thought. It’s quite difficult to take it all in - the hall goes on forever and there are other statues of deities with descriptions of each dotted along the walkway.

Please be respectful and do not take photos - there a cctv cameras that will catch you if you break the rules. It was nice not to have to push through a crowd of selfie hunters and Instagram fanatics and to be able to just view them.

It also has a pretty garden of course!
Written April 29, 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I took City Bus #17 from the Kyoto Station to reach this attraction. It is located across from the National Museum. Entrance fee is 600 yen per person.

Outside: There are 2 beautiful Japanese Gardens outside. I took pictures of these gardens and the buildings near them.

Inside: Visitors have to take off their shoes at the entrance of the building. On display are various statutes of the Warrior Gods and their poses. Behind them are many statutes of Buddhas. Also on display are some swords, big statue of Buddha, archery stuffs, etc. Taking photos here is not allowed!
Written April 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Daphne M
Cardiff, UK241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This temple does not look anything special initially and then you remove your shoes and go inside. WOW! It was quite overwhelming to see the 1001 golden statues of kannon inside. The gold has largely worn away but they are still visually stunning. The wooden floors or ‘nightingale floors’ as they are called were designed to squeak to warn of invaders and it’s quite an experience to hear the noise they make. No photography is allowed inside and largely people were very respectful of this. There is also a short film of the annual archery competition which is held each new year which is worth a watch.
Written April 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard S
Niagara Falls, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
There are just too many spectacular temples and sites to visit in Kyoto, in the short time most people have available. We were happy to visit several of the best, but particularly happy that we didn’t miss stopping at Sanjusangendo. It may not look like much in the pictures, but the wooden statues inside are one of the most remarkable things you will ever see…..and there are far more than 1001..we counted.
Written April 8, 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This place doesn’t seem to be as well known as some other Kyoto temples but it was probably my favorite. The 1,001 statues of Kannon plus assorted others was a magnificent sight. English signage was plentiful and very informative.

This temple should definitely be on a short list of important Kyoto tourist sights.
Written March 24, 2024
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JenC_UK
Uk265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Came here as part of a day with a tour guide - had never heard of it before and turned out to be the highlight of our day. Very impressive sight and everyone loved it. Highly recommend, and it wasn’t that busy either.
Written January 6, 2024
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