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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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Probably one of the best things I've seen in Japan. 1001 statues are just amazing to see. No photos allowed (or shoes)so put your stuff in a locker before entering to give your... read more

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

Probably one of the best things I've seen in Japan. 1001 statues are just amazing to see. No photos allowed (or shoes)so put your stuff in a locker before entering to give your tired body some rest. You enter the hall and are welcomed by these gorgeous statues and just when you think you're finishing up when you see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

While many of Kyoto's temples are older, due to the many fires, rebuildings, restorations you do not usually feel the age of these places. Sanjusangendo Hall is an exception: you are overwhelmed by the ancient hall, it really has a unique atmosphere. Also, while many of the temples are really museums nowadays, or honoured by only some of the Buddhist... More 

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Penarth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

it is a real pity that you cannot photograph in this location. It is well worth the visit as the history and awesome beauty of these statues is something to behold. The tourist path through this attraction is well thought out and information is provided in English. This was my favourite temple visit in Kyoto.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was my 3rd visit to Sanjusanjendo. It always has an impact on me and I notice something different each time. The number of golden statues certainly is striking. I took the time this visit to notice each of the larger statues of Buddhist deities with their Hindu background. I would love to come back in January to see the... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Book a Virtuoso stay at Hyatt regency and get this admission free. It's a vast property and the best photo spot must be the orange gate on the walls facing the hotel. Excellent photos can come from there.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A fascinating place to visit with a samurai arrow still stuck in the rafters of the building. A very interesting temple to visit with incredible statues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We came across this by accident, but were delighted to have seen it. Over a thousand statues, all the faces were different, arranged in a huge hall. Good English descriptions along the way to help understand the historical and cultural references. The temple is well worth visiting. Just across the road from the kyoto museum, but do this first if... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The hall contains 1000+ ancient carvings of Hindu and Buddhist deities that you have to see to believe. It is well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

hot and musty but the size of the structure the amazing roof and the huge numbers of statues and buddhas make this worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful temple! We spent a lot of time here and stopped during our days out and about for a rest area. Peaceful and serene. Loved it. Early morning chants were a great addition to the atmosphere.

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