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Sanjusangendo Temple

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Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the...

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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This wasn't on our itinerary and we were told about it by a hotel guest .... is a beautiful temple and right in the centre of town ... doesn't take too much time too

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for a time filler in between things to do, then this is a place to visit. It would only take about 15 minutes to walk through the temple and surrounding gardens. No photos can be taken inside, which is a shame, but understandable. (And you'll always get the odd ball that may disrespect this request. The statutes... More 

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This wasn't on our itinerary and we were told about it by a hotel guest .... is a beautiful temple and right in the centre of town ... doesn't take too much time too

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went in the morning and there were relatively few people there. This temple is amazing with 1001 statues of Kannon. There are 1000 smaller statues and one large one. These are housed in a long wooden temple hall. You aren't allowed to take pictures inside, but the whole experience is fantastic. It's close to Kyoto station and easy to... More 

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Nice temple with 1001 statues arranged inline. All the statues indicates Hindu god. Pls leave your foot wear in the place provided before entering the temple .

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This is one of the temple that we make sure to visit when in Kyoto no matter how. So mesmerizing with the 1000 Buddha. Felt the peace. There are English notes and signs which is a bit rare in some of the attractions. This is good for us to understand more about the history. Thumbs up!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and many buddas inside (no pics allowed) but you can purchase post cards. There was also a squeeky "nightingale" floor - as Nijo Castle has. Travelled as a (mature age Australian foodie) couple to Japan in April/May 2017 - extensively by JR rail, air BnB Tokyo, hotels elsewhere.

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The sight includes walking through a temple full of Buddha statues, each seemingly unique and hand-crafted. I learned a fair bit about the deities of the time, which was very interesting. You aren't allowed to take photos inside, as it is very sacred. It is certainly like nothing I'd seen before. Outside is a nice path and garden, but it... More 

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Walking into the large temple to find 1001 hand carved wooden statues of the Buddha deity was amazing! To also see 28 guardian deities in-front of these Buddha statues was incredible. it was a wonderful experience to walk through and take in the history of such an ancient temple.

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Visited the Temple with friends and took in the impressive history and saw the 1,001 statues of the Buddhist deity. An actual Buddhist wedding was in progress and cool to watch.

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Hundreds of buddhas inside - no photos allowed . If lucky you might see yourself in one ! Powerful atmosphere can cut with a knife Buddhas with many arms to combat evil and many heads Longest wooden temple at 119 m

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