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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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The statuses in the shrine are really outstanding - you should not miss this shrine if you are visiting Kyoto. The whole area has a special atmosphere with nice surrounding and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The statuses in the shrine are really outstanding - you should not miss this shrine if you are visiting Kyoto. The whole area has a special atmosphere with nice surrounding and a large hall in the middle of the compound. When you go inside a mystical aura falls upon you in a fumes of incense, soft dim light and magnificent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

An easy walk through an amazing temple with 1000++ statues. Much more impressive than many of the other temples/shrines in Kyoto. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The statues were lovely meant to be 1000 so I guess there are. Easy to get to by bus. Get a 500yen daily bus pass it's well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

maybe that is because I am a women or maybe beacuse we maneged to get to the shrine before the crowd got there, but for me it was the best place in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were blessed with multiple options for temples or shrines in Tokyo and Kyoto. But Sanjusangendo blew us away. The largest free standing wooden structure in Japan, and dating back to the 14th century. The fact that it is still standing after the perils of fires over the centuries in gobsmacking. The reputed 1000 hand carved, life sized Buddha fill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is definitely one of Kyoto's (and Japan's) most dramatic places to visit, with 1001 Buddhist statues facing eerily out from this huge historic hall, along with various Indian derived deities. Fascinating and unforgettable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Very respectful and when I first learned we wouldn't be allowed to photograph the 1,000 armed Kannon I was disappointed. However, once inside I realized that I would have been more focused on the lens that what I was actually experiencing and understood the wiseness behind the decision. Not a lot of commericial vendors either. It's a wonderful temple; not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

1000 wood carved, lacquered, and gold painted bodhisattvas is an impressive sight that moved us greatly. It is said that if you stare at the statues long enough you see the face of departed loved ones in the face of the bodhisattvas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

liked the links between Buddhism & Hinduism, description of all the Hindu gods, & Kannon. Statues should be dusted to improve their appeal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We took a tour bus which included this temple. I enjoyed walking through and reading about the various buddhas representing different deities. You can't take pictures, so that's disappointing. You have to remove your shoes so socks with no holes is a plus. Worth a visit but not mind-blowing.

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