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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 389 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We saw a lot of temples in japan and this is one of the best. 20 minute walk from kyoto station and when you see the outside its not that impressive. But go in and its amazing, there are 1000 wooden statues inside. Can see everything in 45 mins and closes at 4.30 in winter

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washington, dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The impact of this temple is hard to describe. The life size statues seem to be more than 1000 and the large Kannon statue and guardian statues enhance the power of the visit. It is a must see that you will remember.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

It may be out of the way from many of the other sights but well worth a visit. You needn't spend more than an hour here and it's walking distance from a subway stop. The hundreds of life-size statues are impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This, the largest wooden building in Japan, houses a throng of statues of saints and gods of the various religions relevant to Japan. The interior is rather gloomy, but the statues are almost overwhelming in their numbers and size. The surrounds are worth seeing as well.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This temple is actually quite small compared to the others but once you go inside it slaps you in the eyes in a good way :) There are many.... maaany buddha statues inside and it looks just cool. Of course all of them have a meaning but for a tourist i just tried to enjoy the view. Outside of the... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We read all kinds of websites and lists about top things to see in Kyoto and this was never on any of them. It was one of our favorite temples/shrines that we saw, not sure how it isn't more popular. Very cool to see 1001 statues and the history behind it. I would def put this on your list of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Iron Budda sitting in the middle of the main house makes rest of 1000 Buddas look even spectacular and amazing. When you walk through the house structure one by one, you will see different Budda, with clear description in both Japanese and English. You can also worship by burning a stick. You will look smaller and smaller while heading... More

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New Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A small shrine with 1001 terra cotta statues going back over 800 years in time. Lot of statues of Indian Gods , like Vayu , Vajrapani etc which are over 800-900 years old and well preserved. Compared to its size and offerings the entry is steep at 600 yen

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have to admit that I thought it's going to be just another temple among many but the 1000 statues and the hall were truly remarkable

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