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Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-525-0033
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Description: 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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My husband loved the statues with English Explanations and the history of the Archery Contests, including the roof piece with hundreds of arrow shafts embedded in it. I found it a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My husband loved the statues with English Explanations and the history of the Archery Contests, including the roof piece with hundreds of arrow shafts embedded in it. I found it a little more difficult as you take your shoes off and it is clear it is concrete under the tatami instead of wood and it hurt my feet to stand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We visited during the busy cherry blossom season, but at about 8:30 am in a morning. So the grand courtyard had very few visitors, and we enjoyed the serenity very much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The chance to see 1000 metallic Buddha statues doesn't really come that often! and the fact that all of them are unique in some way adds to it. The big statues had sanskrit names mentioned as well which added to our experience as we know them from our indian background. And it was also interesting to see how these characters... More 

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Woodford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

3 days in Kyoto, seen all the fantastic temples and shrines and this was one of the most impressive. Unfortunately, no photos allowed because the deity statues are all made of wood several hundreds of years old and I guess the flash photography may damage the exhibits, so you just get to focus on what's in front of you and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Best site in Kyoto, in my opinion. The 1001 statues create a unique atmosphere that takes you to India in a split second. You can't take pictures, but maybe it's for the best. The irony is that our organized tour almost missed it, because it wasn't on the original program, and only our guide's initiative brought us there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a temple of all temples. For once the guidebooks, which rave about this place, even underestimate its power and beauty. 1001 life-size gold figures of Kannon, the Japanese goddess of compassion (Kuan-Yin in China, Avalokiteshvara in India, Mary in the West) in a long hall and in the middle a giant statue of Kannon. It will take your... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This was the most impressive place we visited in Kyoto itself, more impressive than the pavilions and main temples and far less crowded. I'd heard there were 1000 statues in the hall (actually a few more than that all told) but I wasn't prepared for what a tremendous sight it would be. 1000 near-identical, five foot tall statues arranged in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The Sanjusangendo Temple and Hall is simply amazing! It is well worth the visit! The only frustration is no photographs are allowed. We went as part of the perks that the Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel gave us tickets. The Kannon statues are stunning! The visit is well worth it!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Fascinating Dimly lit hall of the lotus king has A series of 1000 Amazing ancient statues of Budda in 10 rows and fifty colums. One huge Budda in middle and 28 guardian deities related to Hindu gods - amazingly expressive and ugly but beautiful too!! Information in English makes it accessible. I have seen many temples across Asia and this... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A dizzying display of Kannon statues...worth the trip. Too bad you are not allowed to take pictures...although I'm not sure I would have been able to take a pic that would have done the place justice.

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