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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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657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0467
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Reviewed yesterday 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 6 days 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
Reviewed 6 days ago

In this temple you can see 1001 wooden statues with golden skins. It is very exiting to see. They are more than 500 years old.

Thank brigittemerten
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sanjusangendo looks pretty uninspiring on the outside, but the interior is definitely worth it. The massed Kannon statues are beautiful and impressive, and there's some good interpretive material identifying and explaining the other religious statues.

Thank Selsy
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a spectacular site with history going back for hundreds of years. It is a very big temple with design features far ahead of its time and located in an easily accessible place.

Thank ArJayGee1940
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing Temple Hall with the 1000 statues. A must see in Kyoto. Haunting and despite the crowds was quite tranquil due to the strictly enforced crowd control.

Thank James M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing could prepare you for the magnificent sight of rows and rows of golden statues once inside this somewhat ordinary looking building from the outside. I was gobsmacked when I walked in to this spectacle. It is a stunning sight and the intricate work that...More

Thank U7893CGdenisek
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sanjusangendo Temple is across the street from the Kyoto National Museum so if the line at the museum is too long, go checkout this impressive temple and the 1,001 Buddhist statues inside. It's quiet and scented with incense inside and very inviting. You can't...More

Thank frontrunner97
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a national treasure. It was established by the warlord Tiarano-kiyomoriin 1164. The original building was lost in a fire but rebuilt in 1266. With 1000 unique bronze statues, it is amazing. There are no photos allowed. When we were there, a large bus...More

Thank TallyHoNow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a beautiful and impressive temple. The statues are a must see. Entering that room really renders you quite speechless.

Thank Jebelle G
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Chong K
22 March 2017|
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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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