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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 380 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews 90 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This place is more "cool" than a classic temple. its in a pretty built up area so there is no sense of calm or peace but it is spectacular. An enormous hall full of hand build wooden statues with tons of arms each with different stuff in each hand. In the middle is an enormous buddha, the cool factor comes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Like a Chinese terracotta army This temple is similar with many statues over hundred and explaining what they are and a giant sitting Buddha statue in the middle. The building is beautiful made out of woods. It got WC and gifts shop inside, Cost about 500 yens to go in. Takes about an hour to see it all. Not very... More

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Shanghai, China
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151 reviews 151 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

How can you know what to expect here unless you did your homework. Simply amazing the treasures of Kannon statues 1001 Buddhist deity. Then there is the gigantic carved cypress Buddha. Truly unbelievable historic 12th and 13th century building and contents. Cant miss this one ever!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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64 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you ever wanted a concentrated lesson in the highly competitive sport of tournament archery, this is one Kyoto attraction you can't afford to miss. The endurance you've got to have to shoot ten thousand arrows at a target more than 100 yards away within 24 hours is pretty incredible--that's 9 arrows per minute for 1,440 minutes in a row!... More

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Kyoto, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Another classic Kyoto temple. It actually contains one thousand buddhas sculptures. All different. The ones that are not there can be found in the Kyoto National Museum, just across the street. It is a archery dedicated temple, which explains it's shape.

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39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

impressive site with 1000 statues -reminds one of the Xian - guarding Buddah. It's active, and if you come in the morning you can see the prayers, and avoid the crowds. No photos allowed. Located right next to the Hyatt.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Too bad, taking pictures was not allowed, but nevertheless, it was a great sight- the 1000 golden statues standing side by side.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Sanjusangen-do is a famous 1001 buddhas statues temple with no photography policy. It's a very large temple with so many different golden buddhas inside. Besides that there is nothing special about it.

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Palo Alto, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Before entering the hall it's really hard to conceptualize what 1000 statues really looks like. But as soon as you turn the corner into the main interior walkway you are hit with an impressive sense of scale. Down the seemingly endless hall there are rows after rows of statues of the Kannon. The work it must have taken to sculpt... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

It was worth arriving early (9am). Serene setting and beautiful at this time of year. Amazing history from the 11th and 12th century, well worth the visit.

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