Ryozen Kannon
Ryozen Kannon
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Points of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Monday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Tuesday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Wednesday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Thursday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Friday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Saturday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
Sunday
8:40 AM - 4:20 PM
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This Buddhist monument is a park dedicated to people who died in World War II.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 stars - the statue itself is incredible
    The Buddha is magnificent. It really is. It is so big. I was the first person who entered at opening and I just remember thinking how big the thing was. Otherwise, there is not much to see. I heard loud drums and there were other prayer areas, but none of them were that pretty. The Buddha is amazing, however. It is taller than most of the shrines I visited today. The actual building it stands on is not that pretty, though. Visitors also get to carry incense! Absolutely worth visiting if you are going to Kōdaiji.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Kwan-on!
    We visited the Ryozen Kwan-on when we walked around the old town of Kyoto. Entrance fee was 300 Yen. You receive a large incense stick with it to pray. The area is small - has various Buddha statues. You can also walk into the large Buddha statue. There was a delicious restaurant outside called Chasen. Their Matcha dessert was delicious!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 December 2023
  • Jeff B
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting temple compound as a reward for climbing steps.
    Accidentally found this site after meandering through the streets of Kyoto and lazily walking up steps to get better views and photos below. Turned around to see the Principal of the Zodiac peeking at us over the walls. You pay about 5 yen to get in and it’s worth it. Peaceful and thought provoking. Take some time to view and contemplate after placing your incense in the Censer. Lots to see and takes 25-30 minutes.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 May 2024
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Jeff B
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Accidentally found this site after meandering through the streets of Kyoto and lazily walking up steps to get better views and photos below. Turned around to see the Principal of the Zodiac peeking at us over the walls. You pay about 5 yen to get in and it’s worth it. Peaceful and thought provoking. Take some time to view and contemplate after placing your incense in the Censer. Lots to see and takes 25-30 minutes.
Written 1 May 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA4,184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited the Ryozen Kwan-on when we walked around the old town of Kyoto. Entrance fee was 300 Yen. You receive a large incense stick with it to pray.
The area is small - has various Buddha statues. You can also walk into the large Buddha statue. There was a delicious restaurant outside called Chasen. Their Matcha dessert was delicious!
Written 25 December 2023
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wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The main attraction was the almost 80 foot tall statue of Kannon which could be seen from afar. It sat above the Memorial Hall for the WWII soldiers and framed by the green hills.

Smaller memorials, a wishing sphere, Buddhas footprints and a small pond were some of the other places to see.

The admission included an incense stick which one left to honor the dead in a very large urn below the statue.

I spent less than half an hour here. The gravel parking lot in front was full of vans and busses but inside there were much less visitors than expected.
Written 22 December 2023
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The Buddha is magnificent. It really is. It is so big. I was the first person who entered at opening and I just remember thinking how big the thing was. Otherwise, there is not much to see. I heard loud drums and there were other prayer areas, but none of them were that pretty. The Buddha is amazing, however. It is taller than most of the shrines I visited today. The actual building it stands on is not that pretty, though. Visitors also get to carry incense! Absolutely worth visiting if you are going to Kōdaiji.
Written 11 December 2023
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Andersonfw
Charleston, SC149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Good temple to visit. Obviously the huge buddha is neat, but not a lot else there. Unusually, there was also a couple of vintage cars there, of which I grabbed a pic.
Written 21 June 2023
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Ryozen Kwan-on is a magnificent 24 m high monument of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Godess of Mercy). The monument was erected in 1955 to honor all soldiers who died during World War II. Regardless of religion (or not religion) no one is harmed by showing respect here. It is an absolute beautiful place and you may also wander "inside" the big buddha.
Written 8 October 2020
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Jas Nathaniel
Honolulu, HI114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
While in Gion heading to grab some lunch, I see a big white Buddhist Statue.
We decided to venture up to the entrance to find out we've stumbled at Ryozen Kannon Temple. The view of the town is also amazing from up there.
Entry fee was 200 Yen and they provide you with an incense to place at the top of the pool.
We learned that the statue is 24 Meters tall and represents the Goddess of Mercy to honor the dead of WWII.
This was the biggest Buddhist statue I've seen so far so I was in awe.
She was beautiful and we were blessed to not have a crowd and enjoy the temple.
Written 21 April 2020
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Pigafetta Journals
Maryland725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a "hidden" gem in Kyoto. The word hidden is a misnomer here because you wont miss the giant Buddha statue towering at the foot of the mountains. If you're visiting the Gion area, you wont miss the giant Buddha statue. The place is so serene and peaceful. There is an entrance fee which is nominal. 300JPY for the adults and 100JPY for an elementary student. You get two incense sticks with the entrance fee. The staff are all very kind and pleasant. There's a shrine for all the unknown soldiers during WWII and a small shrine for the unborn fetuses. There are some places that will be hard for the elderly and the handicapped.
Written 11 December 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The 24 meter high steel statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesuara located in the park was dedicated to the soilders who died in WWII. The huge statue was very impressive and the park was peaceful particularly listening to the drum sounded periodically.
Written 5 December 2019
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Katie L
Manlius, NY39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
With several historical exhibits that acknowledge and remember those lost in WWII, this is a unique place incorporating spiritual and historical elements. We spent about 40-50 minutes here when it first opened around 8:40 and were able to visit all the shrines and buried sights. Location near Ninnen-zaka was also a plus for a nearby cultural experience. This could easily be done in about 30minutes.
Written 20 October 2019
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