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Sanjusangendo Hall

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan
+81 75-525-0033
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Ranked #5 of 368 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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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

They have a wooden booth wtih large wax candles that you can write your wishes and name on it (along with 1000yen offering) and it will be burned to the gods. There is a lot of incense burning in this structure so if you are coughing or sick, I would say stick for either a quick visit or skip it... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This hall houses 1001 wooden Buddhist statues. It is extremely interesting to look at them and marvel at their ever so slight difference. The explanation of the different main gods and figures is very well done.

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Even though they aren't UNESCO world heritage sites, Sanju sangendo is as popular as Fushimi Inari shrine, ranked top tens of Kyoto sites regularly. They are both close to Kyoto station and the main figures consist if "thousand". While Fushimi shrine has a thousand tori gates , Sanju sangendo has a thousand statues, which look so impressive without thinking about... More

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North Hollywood
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7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The temple is amazing with hundreds of statues. Sanjusan means "33," which is the number of spaces between the pillars that support the long, narrow hall. This number was chosen for a reason: Kannon can assume 33 different shapes on her missions of mercy. So, because there are 1,001 statues of Kannon in the hall, 33,033 shapes are possible. People... More

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Townsville, Australia
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36 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What made this special was that it was very different from the run of the mill Temple. Impressive by its size and magnitude and the beauty of the craftsmanship of the statues inside. Great interpretive displays after the main display that were also in English on the significance of archery and the various competitions that occurred there. It was also... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Watching more than a thousand hand made wood sculptures collected in a big wooden hall is inspiring. Beautifully crafted and has withstood the test of time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Worth a visit to see the fabulous Buddhist sculptures, in bronze. Amazing to see them all surrounding the buddha in bronze. The longest wooden hallway in Japan, I believe. Nice small garden too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Must do in Kyoto. Its just a short walk from the station and definitely well worth it. It is truly a one of a kind spiritual experience.

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Oakland, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I had seen pictures of the multiple golden Kannons, but it was another experience entirely to walk through the long hall and see them in person. In front of the multiple rows of Kannons are the 28 deities that protect them, and they are wonderfully animated and distinct. The English explanations were helpful. Very humbling experience.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were lucky to arrive here on the morning of Buddha's birthday in Japan. It made the normally impressive wooden temple feel even more special as the celebrations and prayers taking place infused the structure with a special vibrancy. When you turn the corner into the main temple and see the row upon row of intricately carved statues it takes... More

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