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Sanjusangendo Hall

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan
+81 75-525-0033
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Ranked #6 of 372 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Sanjusangendo con... one of the greatest examples of religious art in the world.  It was once part of a large Buddhist complex known as the Rengeoin... more »
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Palatine, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went to this temple after learning the Kyoto National Museum was closed. It became one of my favorite temples. First, it didn't feel like a temple but more like a museum. The 1001 Kannon were truly impressive and the 33 Bodhisattva statues were really great. There were good explanations of each of the statues in English. It was just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

visited this Pagoda where 1001 Budha statute have been symmetrically displayed using symmetrical wooden logs.Wonderful site!

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Maybe it was because we arrived at the end of a long day of sightseeing, but I did not feel this place was value for money. Although the 1001 statures were different to what other places offered, they were just statures after all. And no photography is allowed inside the Hall. The gardens were also just average.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

longest wood building in japan, famous for it's archery contest held once a year in january, but also because miyamoto musashi defeat almost a thousand student of the nishiyoka school of swordfishing nearby, this buddhist temple include a 1000 golden statues of a 1000 arms Kannon, the goddess of compassion (actually, 40 arms each, but each arm of Kannon can... More

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Kanazawa, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I was recommended to go here by my co-workers, and I thought it sounded interesting, so I had it down on my list. I am so glad I got around to visiting because it's absolutely spectacular. The hall is so long, and the amount of deities is just mind blowing. I loved taking my time and reading about each particular... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A reflective and highly eye opening experience to say the least. As a history buff - especially on all things East Asian - I found my self transported to a different world for an hour. When you look at the faces of each of the Bodhisattvas (1001 to be exact) and realise these statues are all uniquely carved - each... More

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Utsunomiya, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Nice attraction with many deities and an interesting history to the place as it was the site of archery contests. The name refers to the 33 pilar spaces in the temple making it quite long

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you have time please visit this hall. You can find thousand of guardian deity statues here. But we are not allowed to take pictures of these deity statues. I visited this place because I'm quite a history freak. I just want to see the venue that used by Musashi when he dueled one of Yoshioka's brother, Yoshioka Denshichiro.

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Canberra, Australia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We attended this a With a tour group and were amazed with the scale of this temple and the amazing carvings of the 1001 status and 28 guardians. The building is spectacular too being the longest wooden structure in the world. Definitely worth a visit

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Long Island NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Of all the religious sites we visited in our 3 week trip, this is the one that really stood out as unique. Don’t miss this one while in Kyoto.

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