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Sanjusangendo Temple

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0467
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited this site in the morning. It was not very crowded. The sight of all the kannons lined up in rows (1000 of them) was amazing.

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Amazing collection of statuary in the longest wooden structure in Japan. Well worth the admission and experience.

Thank tandemcha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must see place with something different . The 1000 statues in the temple is breathtaking. These are kept from olden days and are preserved. Worth the money they charge. One of the best temples in Japan. Only thing i did not like was that no...More

Thank AshokMallick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will need to pay an entrance fee which is cheap. From the outside it is like all other temples but inside you will see many sculptures which will leave you breathless.

Thank Leo B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple was one of the highlights of our trip for me. The 1000 Kannon statues were amazing. The scope of the building, the beauty of the statues, and the charm of the archery contest made this place memorable.

Thank travellerfromatown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Behind the walls and entry gates, the grounds are limited although there is a small garden which had a resident blue heron. The main attraction is the hall of gilded status. Services were occurring when I was there. You can purchase a candle. The main...More

Thank dziran
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of the many Temples of Kyoto, the less well known Sanjusangendo Temple was a highlight of mine in my trip to Japan. Popular with the locals & groups of schoolkids out on a day trip, it was nevertheless mezmirising, the sheer number of Buddha's within...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's not much to see around the main temple where the statues are hidden away. The number of gold statues inside is quite incredible but no photos allowed which is a shame. I would not say this is a must if you're on a tight...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This really is quite a special temple - do make the effort to go. It was quiet on our visit on a morning in November. In the centre of the main hall sits a large, wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon (Senju Kannon) that is...More

Thank Harriet T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The name of the temple means Hall with thirty three spaces between columns, which sure describes the architecture of the long main hall of the temple which was used, after the XVII century, as a hall for contests amongst the best archers in Japan. However...More

Thank Marco S
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Chong K
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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!
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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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