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Sanjusangendo Temple

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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, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0467
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing over 1000 statues of Kannon was amazing. Very peaceful and beautiful temple. They have English signs which explain the deity statues.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ravkap
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very historical, peaceful and quiet place with many Buddha Bronze statues. No picture taking is allow in the temple.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pooh7470
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another classic temple that transports you to a Buddhist world when you're inside the complex. The sheer immensity and spectacle of 1000 senjuu kannons all silently listening to your suffering makes this a temple to visit. Their stamp has a nice touch, and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Elena R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of history going back a thousand years beautifully preserved. Also was lucky with the timing as there was a prayer ceremony we were able to watch.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hiyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some time back, on my first visit to Kyoto in 1964 I went to Sanjusangendo, it was an interesting experience, I arrived at about 9:00 in the morning and there were probably 30 or 40 other people looking at the 1001 statues of the Buddha....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ted C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple was seeing a second and since I was back in Kyoto I went to see it again. they have (I guess) a thousand wooden Gods in an extremely long hall. Put it on your itinerary at least once.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Warner L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is in the longest wooden structure in Japan and houses 1001 Buddhist statues and is designated as World Heritage site. There is a long platform on one side, under the eves of the room that was used for Archery contests hundreds of years...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank richardgG1237GW
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Kyoto has like a ton of amazing things to see and experience, but this temple fellt spiritually like a whole other thing. The 1001 statues, the big Kannon, the setting, the history, everything felt very overwhelming. Although i understand it, its sad that you cant...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Destan U
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

A large wooden building that had over 1000 figures carved in the 12-13 th centuries. Incense was burning throughout the temple with people praying in certain areas. We had to take our shoes off before we went in. No photos are allowed in the temple

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank LeeMahwah
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Blown away by the history and the inside of this temple. A must see for anyone - especially those who have an interest in Buddhism

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ChockyM2015
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20 January 2018|
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Response from RayWaspe | Reviewed this property |
We stumbled upon this temple by chance, it was mid /late afternoon and although somewhat busy, it wasn’t overcrowded. The temple is huge and everyone inside was respectfully quiet so it never felt busy.
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22 March 2017|
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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!
19 January 2016|
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Response from Nick S |
It is not far from Kyoto station. We walked, about 20 min. (Note we used Google map/ navigator).