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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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The Largest and Finest Collection of Buddhist Art in Japan

This ancient temple was originally built in 1064 A.D., and rebuilt in 1266 after a disastrous fire. The main hall is a distinctive architectural style and holds a collection of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This ancient temple was originally built in 1064 A.D., and rebuilt in 1266 after a disastrous fire. The main hall is a distinctive architectural style and holds a collection of National Treasures in the form of a Thousand Armed Kannon and other sculptures. The temple and grounds are easily accessible and the small entry fee is well worth paying. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's like if half of Asia would enter a holy church, look at a thousand images of Pope Francis and say "Mighty images of Jesus everywhere! so exciting!" Guess selfies rules over information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the past 40 years I've been to many Kyoto temples but this is my favorite. The building is good but not great, and there's no garden to speak of, but the thousand thousand-armed Buddhas, along with their celestial guardians, will blow you away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very different to other temples. The statues have such character and are both imposing and soothing. Wish you could take photos as they do not provide pictures of them all in the books they sell. The grounds are beautiful. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is known for its 1000 Kannon statues. The wooden sculptures were all carved by hand and each one looks slightly different even though they all had the same items in each of their hands. There is also the main larger statue in the middle of all the smaller ones. Apart from the Kannon there were also statues of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I could have taken photo's inside but it is not allowed. The 1001 statues are incredible to view, they are all life sized lined up facing the same direction, and you can't help but be drawn into each and every one of them as you gaze at their faces. The whole temple has a mysterious feeling to it,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Temple isn't usually at the top of most visitors lists when in Kyoto which is a shame. My daughter (who is studying there), told me about it and it wasn't a disappointment. The sight of the 1001 life size wooden Kannon and the chief image of the 1000 armed Senju-Kannon was awesome; there's nothing else like it in town.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is worth a visit just for the 1001 statues. The temple grounds are also worth a short stroll.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a pitty I cannot show you any pictures from inside, as taking photos is prohibited, but you may google them and if you have a chance, please, don't miss this temple in Kyoto, its marvellous. We felt a bit overwhelmed there, as there are so many of the statues and it was interesting to read about the individual ones,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday morning around 10:30. Rather than go through the building with the 1001 statues first, we followed the path around the perimeter of the temple grounds.There is a garden with a pond, a campanile containing a large bronze bell, and numerous monuments. Although you may not wear shoes in the temple building they provide leather slides.... More 

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