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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 398 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

unique.. so many wooden statues lined up.very impressive sight..beautiful.. very awesome.. beautiful setting

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing site to see the 1001 statues. Quiet and serene and very hot during summer; we experienced little air flow through the shrine. We were with a large tour group and did not have the benefit of headphones. If the tour companies would use headphones to interprete the sites it would be much more powerful of presentations.

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The thing that I learned here is that they have archery competitions here along the outside. It is a small excursion to take on your way to other places nearby. Inside houses 1000 golden statues of Kannon with a big Buddha in the center. As usual, no photoraghy allowed inside.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A traditional and historical Buddhism temple which is already world heritage. thousands of buddhism fairy statues will bring you the serene and peace in mind. without questioning it's definitely a place to know more about the Buddhism culture and history from the Branch of Japan.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The intense spiritual quality of this i temple is worth experiencing. Even without that, as a tourist you will see a remarkable sight not to be seen in the West.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This temple is relatively small compared to others in Kyoto, and looks quite simple from the outside. Once inside, however, it's a whole other story. You are greeted by a thousand life-sized Kannon that flank a large Buddha in the center of the temple, and it's breathtaking. You can learn a bit about the other deities as you walk along... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is all in one huge hall, around the central wooden statue of Kannon, made in the 13th century by one of the greatest Japanese sculptors of the time, there are 4 tiers of gilt statues, all subtly similar, all different. In front of them there are later statues of deities of thunder, of storms, generals, defenders of the Buddha... More 

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makati
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

You will only spend an hour in this place because you will just cover a small area. I have been in many places but this is the only place I have been to where there are so many statues in one room. I felt like I was standing before the Terracotta army! This is definitely among my top 2 temples... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I was kinda disappointed initially. Small garden. But if you do take time and appreciate the beauty of the garden, it's actually quite unique and calming. What makes it worth the visit is the main temple complex. Don't forget to make a wish in there ... :P

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This Hall is to the south of Kyoto but easy walk from the main Kyoto station as well as a 15 minute riverside stroll from Gion or pontocho. The hall is fabulous with a 1001 warriors all arranged in straight lines looking at you. The warriors look different but you try and work out what is the cunning difference!! Of... More 

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