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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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One of the most amazing things I have ever seen

This is seriously incredible. 1001 life-sized statues, each with many many arms (42, but I think you are supposed to pretend there are 1000) and additional heads, flanking a giant... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Bath, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of statues, good descriptions, well preserved area. I understand the prohibition against picture taking, but I would have loved a few good pictures.

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Midwestern State, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is seriously incredible. 1001 life-sized statues, each with many many arms (42, but I think you are supposed to pretend there are 1000) and additional heads, flanking a giant Kannon statue. It is just an amazing thing to see.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Actually it was the end of the trip in Japan, we were so over temple but this one has it own charming.. I love that this temple shown its story with all the Buddha statues.. We were lucky because at the time, there were few monk prayer in the temple..

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating temple and home to the 1001 statutes of the Buddhist deity. Does not matter what religion you believe, consider this, and really all other religious buildings as museums and enjoy the history, architecture and gardens this place is famous for. Worth the 600 yen admission fee.

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Thank bariatricrunner
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is quite old and magnificent. A thousand life-sized Kannon bodhisattvas stand in guard over a central, large thousand-armed Kannon. One can pay for having incense burned in one's name, as well as for amulets. The temple belongs to the Tendai school of Japanese Buddhism, one of the more esoteric kinds. When in Japan, I bought Eiji Yoshikawa's novel... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Sanjusangendo for the first time during our fourth trip to Japan. If you're familiar with the photography of Hiroshi Sugimoto then you'll recognise the scene that greets you in the main hall. I won't spoil the surprise but it is spectacular (even if you cannot take photos yourself - part of the temple's rules and to be respected).... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Largest wooden building in Japan dating back over 700 years. Effect of the 1,000 Kannon statues and the gods is stunning as you walk through the120 meter hall. Wear thick socks as you must remove your shoes and cold in winter!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must remove your shoes and bag them carried when inside the wooden building. There was this large display of over 1k soldiers that was so impressive. The gardens on the pretty were nice as well. A must visit!

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rome
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the exterior this temple has nothing remarkable, but inside it's all another story!!! All those statues, the atmosphere of religion you can breath, amazing!!!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sanjusangendo is one of the Temple that in my opinion has far less crowds of tourist. The temple itself is considered very sacred. You may not take photos inside, being noisy is also prohibited. You also need to take off your shoes and carry it using the provided plastic bags. Getting here is easy by bus (short trip) and it's... More 

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