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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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I know, you been already in a lot of temples and maybe you are tired of visit them. But this one is different. Here you have 1000 statues!! it's really amazing to walk and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I know, you been already in a lot of temples and maybe you are tired of visit them. But this one is different. Here you have 1000 statues!! it's really amazing to walk and discover the history of this temple. So spare one hour and enjoy it!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This temple is located just next to the Hyatt Regency in Kyoto and very easy to access if you are staying there. This is an imposing temple. It is huge to say the least, and gives a very good impression of the scale of the importance of the religion, both centuries ago and today, as this is still an active... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I saw many temple in Asia, but these are under the top 5. Great... Nice building. Very huge. And easy to find from the Kyoto main station.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Not as fascinating as some sites, but one of the most glorious of the cherry blossom trees I encountered.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a very stunning temple comprised of one main hall with thousands of statues. It's a great place to visit if you have 45 minutes or so to kill. You can't take photos of the statues, but you will want to take time to look at each of them and appreciate their beauty and detail. It's the same price... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

There are more statues than whats shown but it gives you a good idea of the scale and scope. It kind of reminds me of the terracotta soldiers in Xian, China. Dozens of Buddhas are packed into one lengthy hall with description plaques. It doesn't take long to look through it but definitely worthwhile and gives you a sense of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What a beautiful and loooong wooden building, the longest in Japan. I loved looking at the details of the architecture. Equally impressive were the 1001 neatly arranged golden statues inside. I enjoyed reading through the history and significance of the building and the statues. Definitely worth a visit. It's located just a short bus ride from Kyoto station or a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Very peaceful and holy place. A Must visit for all buddhist. It's amazing how it was built in the 8th century.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This place is different from every other temple you will see because of it's lenght. It's such a long wooden hall that first of all I was impressed by that. And inside, there are 1001 statues of a buddhist deity, all the same but also all with different face features; that strucked me the most, because it gives you the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This long imposing hall with all those golden statues and gods are super impressive. We are thankful they survived all those fires. Great history notes (also in English) along the inside walk of the hall.. No picture taking forces one to buy postcards or booklets.

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