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Sanjusangendo Hall

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan
+81 75-525-0033
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Ranked #3 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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North Hollywood
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
51 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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52 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Cusco, Peru
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was one of my favorite temples in Japan. Very simple, but powerful. Minimal background architecture. Light & Dark.....not gaudy. Tip- if you are planning on visiting a lot of temples in Kyoto, each location has a unique handwritten stamp that can be signed by an attendant w/ old-school calligraphy pen in front of you (a few yen). Purchase a... More

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Oak Brook, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I was amazed that this temple is the longest wooden structure in the world. The 1,000 statues gave my 19 year old son goose bumps when he saw them. It is amazing that that people have been coming here for almost 1,000 years! We were surprised to see candles inside of such a historic WOODEN building. You have to take... More

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Perth, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Massive temple with amazing statues, well worth the visit, can purchase a fortune, light candles and incense in the temple. A historic temple with a vivid history. English descriptions of the statues and what thy represented. It was busy with a school visit when we were there. Gardens also nice to walk around and a pretty garden with pond setting.... More

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