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Sanjusangendo Temple

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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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657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago

No photography is allowed inside, but the 1000 Buddhas in the 33 'bays' of the hall hold your attention -- demand your attention -- so perhaps it's best that you skip the photos.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tangemanm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sanjusangendo is the longest wooden architectural structure in the world. It has around 1000 statues of the goddess. I noted that a statue has 42 arms (20-20 in each side) further it is said that there are 25 salvation works in each hand. Subtract the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Travel-Kumamoto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A true place for meditation, when you are faced with 1001 Kannon, all slightly different. The building itself is so grand and beautiful to walk around. On the must-do list in Kyoto.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Y5931QPjuliaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful Buddhist temple in Higashiyama District of Kyoto. Officially known as "Rengeō-in", or Hall of the Lotus King. The main deity of the temple is Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokiteśvara or the Thousand Armed Kannon. The statue of the main deity was created by the Kamakura...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sanjusangendo Temple is the one I will remember for a long time. Beautiful gardens and surroundings are quite typical for any temple (large or small) in Japan. What struck me is the exhibition inside the Temple. Wooden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ivan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting temple and associated buildings in classic Japanese style with pretty garden. Good for an hour or two with family visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Quantumlondon1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple houses 1001 wooden statues of Kannon. All of their faces are different and my Japanese friends says that there is at least one with similar features to yours. It is very serene and has sort of an eerie vibe to it. Doesn't take...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Javk5pakfa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do not miss this exceptional temple. The 1001 life size statues gazing across this vast temple space are possibly the most thrilling sight in Kyoto.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pridaytrip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were prepared in advance for what we should expect in the temple, but the sight cannot be described in words. The scent of the incense, the chant of the monks and the sight of the thousands Buddhas is simply overwhelming. Take your time and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank alberteri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were a thousand statues in the temple and they all looked the same. The size of the temple was impressive. The number of statues in the temple, not the size of each statue, made it different from other temples.

Date of experience: November 2018
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January 19, 2018|
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Response from RayWaspe | Reviewed this property |
We stumbled upon this temple by chance, it was mid /late afternoon and although somewhat busy, it wasn’t overcrowded. The temple is huge and everyone inside was respectfully quiet so it never felt busy.
Chong K
March 22, 2017|
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Response from dlw2335 | Reviewed this property |
You can take a taxi. And yes, there should be cherry blossoms in early April!
January 19, 2016|
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Response from Nick S |
It is not far from Kyoto station. We walked, about 20 min. (Note we used Google map/ navigator).
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Singapore, Singapore
Kyoto Itinerary - 2 and a half days (6 Replies)
Hi This will be my first trip Japan, would appreciate if someone could kindly advise if the below itinerary is feasible or perhaps any suggestions if there are better ways to go about it. I will be in Kyoto for 2 and a half days before hearing to Tokyo. I will be staying near Aeon Mall. Day 1 (will arrive in Kyoto at about 3pm) Tenryu-ji Temple and the adjoining Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Day 2 Kyoto Imperial Palace Philosopher's Path Explore Gion area Kiyomizu-derra ...More
November 04, 2016|
Response fromSelsy|
Day 2 - I would leave out the Kyoto Imperial Palace which is not such an interesting place and instead go to somewhere near the philosopher's path and Gion. Possible options include Heian Shrine which has a beautiful garden, Nanzenji, Ginkakuji, or one of the other temples in that area. Day 3 - Toji and Kinkakuji are in completely different areas of Kyoto, so your hostel can't be close to both of them. You could probably start the day by going to Kinkakuji (take subway from Kyoto station...More
Singapore, Singapore
Walking tour itinerary in Higashiyama area (8 Replies)
Hi, We like to start our walking tour in Higashiyama area around noon, just like some advice whether the following locations can be covered on foot (in order)? Sanjusangendo Temple --> Kiyomuzu Temple --> Nanzenji --> Zenrinji --> Philosopher's Walk --> Ginkakuji ---> bus # 100 to Gion in the evening 1) Does the above sequence make sense? 2) Is it too much to cover in a day, on foot? Actually it's not a full day, since we only arrive back in Kyoto late morning. 3)...More
October 15, 2014|
Response fromShibuyakko|
Yes, the sequence is right but it's going to be a super long walk-- my feet ache just looking at your itinerary :) Kyoto will be mobbed on a Sunday during autumn season.
Geir H
Itineraries Help (0 Replies)
Hi So next week me and the wife are traveling to Japan. And i am trying to finish the planning for the Kyoto part of ther trip. How do this itinerary look? Any feedback on stuff on mistakes of stuff i missed would be appreciated :) Day 1: Kyoto Tower Kyoto Imperial Palace Nijo Castle Sanjusangendo Temple Day 2: Kinkakuji Temple Fushimi Inari Daigoj Temple Nishiki marked Geisha district / Gion Potocho Day 3: Full day i Nara Day 4: Arashiama Togetsukyo bridge ...More
October 27, 2016|