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Sanjusangendo Temple

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama, 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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  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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"long hall"
in 36 reviews
"life size"
in 33 reviews
"guardian deities"
in 33 reviews
"thousand statues"
in 27 reviews
"wooden hall"
in 21 reviews
"amazing statues"
in 16 reviews
"no photos allowed"
in 32 reviews
"japanese cypress"
in 16 reviews
"no photography"
in 31 reviews
"main hall"
in 66 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 35 reviews
"kyoto national museum"
in 16 reviews
"national treasure"
in 29 reviews
"impressive sight"
in 18 reviews
"sheer number"
in 14 reviews
"remove your shoes"
in 21 reviews
"small garden"
in 15 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was one of the most interesting Temples as it has the 1000 statues within the Shrine. Unfortunately they don’t allow photos to be taken. The gardens around the Temple are very nice particularly the pond. Easy walk from Shichijo Station.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

well worth the visit pretty impressive seeing so many statues under the one roof. Easy to get to by bus from Kyoto Station but buses do get very crowded

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is worth a small walk from the station. The gigantic size of the wooden building is most impressive. We just visited the building around five, when some large water flush was done by the Buddists to spray the building. This was interesting to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's simple, but amazing. My children were in awe. Kyoto can be quite warm in the summer. Still my family visit to Sanjusangendo was awe-inspiring for everyone. There is a nice exhibit about the temple and etc along the outer corridor as well. Enjoyed the...More

Thank Ryan T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Which is the basic premise but there is more than that. It was a nice visit and crowded as usual like any other temple. Amazing architecture, exquisite sculptures, good to see the buddhist pantheon a bit with various deities displayed. I would mark this as...More

Thank erhan t
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The inside of the temple is really nice as there is thousands of statues of Buddha. I recommend to visit this place if you stay on Kyoto for 3 or 4 days.

Thank PascalMaldives
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this temple, however it was definitely the most regulated. It is a very sacred temple. No shoes, no photos, no prams(had to move our sleeping 16 month old into one of their prams - not a problem as worth it to view...More

Thank Kaela K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very quiet and peaceful place where you can sit a bit and relax far from too much tourists be around.

Thank Alireza S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an original ( built in 1164 AD ) wooden hall housing the gigantic seated national treasure of Buddha protected by over 1000 life size Buddhist sculptures. They are carved out of cypress and clad in gold leaf. This hall is impressive and unlike...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

It’s a beautiful hall containing 1001 statues. The wooded hall is the largest in Japan and was built in 1200AD. Its a must visit temple. It’s right next to Hyatt Regency hotel, so one can easily go there for a meal or coffee since it’s...More

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map33
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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Chong K
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!
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banjbar
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).
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