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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 373 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A true testament to the scope and breadth of Buddhism. Amazing statuary, and with no ability to take photos you can look and appreciate each one as well as the magnificent altar.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Last visited in Nov'12. We added this to our list of places to see as we were recommended by other friends and family who had been here. You cannot take photos indoors, so it does keep a sense of tranquillity (as it should be). Perhaps not as wow factor as the Kinkaku-ji but certainly for culture seekers, a must!

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Sydney, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Sanjusangendo Hall is well worth the visit. Japan's longest wood structure holds 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's something you rarely see - amazing to look at, a great photo opportunity. Take Bus 206 or 208 from Kyoto Station or you can walk there in about 20 minutes.

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96 reviews 96 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

1000 is perfection in Japanese, hence the importance of the number of Kannon or Budhas in this temple. Individual and not allowed to be photographed, they flank a huge Kannon sat in the middle. Quite remarkable to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Sanjusangen-do, the Hall with thirty three spaces between columns - with 1000 golden statues, the Thousand Armed Kannon. This temple, like the Kinkaku-ji, is one of the most unique temples I've seen in Japan. Not one of the most beautiful, but different from all others. Inside there are a thousand golden statues in real size and different faces, fully armed... More

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

In this place there are thousand statues of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy. These are of 12th and 13th century. The perspective of the hall is really unbelivable, and you can appreciate the differences between the statues. Touching Experience not to be missed in Kyoto!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This Temple is well worth a visit, surviving 700 years. 120m long having been reconstructed in 1266 having been lost to fire. But 124 of the statues were saved. The rest carved in the 1200's. Rengeo-in Temple literally means "Hall with thirty three spaces between columns".1000 standing Buddhas and the 11 feet high sitting Buddha in the centre. The Thunder... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were traveling alone and have limited time in Kyoto, we chose it to visit over others as it is close. We were there before the opening and there was no crowd, so we had a good look to all the details of statues, impressive workmanship. There is no photography allowed, but you can buy postcards. Around the area, you... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

As soon as you arrive at their parking lot, they tell you to make way for the bus load of visitors because they are more financially important. They charged me a full fare, disregarding my guide interpreter national certificate. Once inside, you nearly stumble with offertory boxes that are placed every 5 feet. Truly, nothing but money counts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The 1000 Buddhas is the first thing that impress tourists. We were lucky to be able to attend a Buddhist ceremony. I don't know if this happens often, but we considered ourselves very lucky to be able to see it. Impressive!

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