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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
+81 75-561-0467
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This temple was seeing a second and since I was back in Kyoto I went to see it again. they have (I guess) a thousand wooden Gods in an extremely long hall. Put it on your itinerary at least once.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple is in the longest wooden structure in Japan and houses 1001 Buddhist statues and is designated as World Heritage site. There is a long platform on one side, under the eves of the room that was used for Archery contests hundreds of years...More

Thank richardgG1237GW
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kyoto has like a ton of amazing things to see and experience, but this temple fellt spiritually like a whole other thing. The 1001 statues, the big Kannon, the setting, the history, everything felt very overwhelming. Although i understand it, its sad that you cant...More

2  Thank Destan U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A large wooden building that had over 1000 figures carved in the 12-13 th centuries. Incense was burning throughout the temple with people praying in certain areas. We had to take our shoes off before we went in. No photos are allowed in the temple

1  Thank LeeMahwah
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blown away by the history and the inside of this temple. A must see for anyone - especially those who have an interest in Buddhism

Thank ChockyM2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first wandered the grounds, which were pretty but not spectacular. To go in you first take off your shoes. The inside of the main hall is absolutely incredible. There is lots of English signage and there are opportunities to make an offering and pray...More

Thank LexiV
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a MUST DO if you visit Kyoto. We had no idea what to expect before we arrived. 1000 Buddhist statues all hand carved for the private use of a shogun 400 years ago. All different. And dotted along the front are larger statues...More

Thank woowooSydney
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you don’t go inside the actual temple, there’s pretty much nothing to see outside. You can admire the building itself and there’s an interesting bell on the grounds but that’s it. Personally, I don’t think you’re missing much if you decide to skip the...More

Thank msminchin23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A truely spectacular and moving sight. Highly recommended for all ages. Don't leave Kyoto without seeing this.

Thank Christina F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought here with Kyotours and guide/operator Terin. WOW. A thousand buddhas standing in a long hall 10 deep. Well taken care of and all with different faces. Middle of the room has a huge Buddha statue. All made of hollowed out wood and in great...More

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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.
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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).