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“Mix it up” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sanjusangendo Hall

Sanjusangendo Hall
657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-525-0033
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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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“Mix it up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Sanjusangendo Hall is not your average temple or shrine in Kyoto. It is a single building that takes between 30 min - 1 hr to get through and it is very worth it. You cannot take photos inside so being there to experience it in person is a must. I highly recommend it, especially if you're heading toward Fushimi Inari for the afternoon.... leave a bit early and detour through Sanjusangendo for a bit. You'll be glad you did.

Visited August 2012
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“My favourite temple in Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

It's not at famous at many of the other temples in the city, but it was my favourite of them all.

Inside and super long building there are 1001 statues, a truly amazing site. If you are in Kyoto you must not skip this temple.

Visited July 2012
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“not photographer friendly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I was in Kyoto for four days, visited many temples, and found Sanjusangendo to be probably the most picturesque. But no photos are allowed, so if your goal is to get some great pictures don't bother going.

Visited August 2012
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“Great sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is a standard Kyoto sight that is must see. It contains hundreds of Buddhist images of great historical and artistic interest.

Visited July 2012
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

This is the longest wooden structure in the world, but that's not even its main attraction. Inside this building are 1001 statues of kannon, a Buddhist deity. One of those is about 5 metres big and it's surrounded by rows and rows of the other 1000, which are almost human-sized. In front of these are 12 statues of other gods, each carved from wood and with crystal eyes to make them seem more real. Each one has a special function in ancient Buddhist texts and these stories are explained very well in both Japanese and English on large signs in front of the statues. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take any photos here.

Visited July 2012
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