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Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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Temple like Terakota in China

To entering this temple is free of charge, but before entering the temple we must take off our shoes. Inside the temple is not allowed to take picture. The location is not too far... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To entering this temple is free of charge, but before entering the temple we must take off our shoes. Inside the temple is not allowed to take picture. The location is not too far from Kiyomizudera, around 1km.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had no idea what to expect when visiting this Temple. Our son (working in Japan) was our tour guide, so we just followed along. Inside this massive building are 1000 intricately carved statues. It was an amazing sight. Do yourself a favor and go.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this temple as part of a tour group. It was originally built in 1164 and rebuilt after a fire in 1266 and has remained unchanged since then. It contains 1000 statues of the Buddhist deity with one gigantic seated statue, all made from Japanese cypress. Amazing to see but no photos allowed. One of those must see places... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited this amazing place in December 2016. We had a private tour guide who was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us all we needed to know about it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

must visit temple in Kyoto. it is just amazing to see 1001 statues all life sized next to each other. temple is well maintained and easily accessible.

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Bath, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of statues, good descriptions, well preserved area. I understand the prohibition against picture taking, but I would have loved a few good pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is seriously incredible. 1001 life-sized statues, each with many many arms (42, but I think you are supposed to pretend there are 1000) and additional heads, flanking a giant Kannon statue. It is just an amazing thing to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Actually it was the end of the trip in Japan, we were so over temple but this one has it own charming.. I love that this temple shown its story with all the Buddha statues.. We were lucky because at the time, there were few monk prayer in the temple..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fascinating temple and home to the 1001 statutes of the Buddhist deity. Does not matter what religion you believe, consider this, and really all other religious buildings as museums and enjoy the history, architecture and gardens this place is famous for. Worth the 600 yen admission fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple is quite old and magnificent. A thousand life-sized Kannon bodhisattvas stand in guard over a central, large thousand-armed Kannon. One can pay for having incense burned in one's name, as well as for amulets. The temple belongs to the Tendai school of Japanese Buddhism, one of the more esoteric kinds. When in Japan, I bought Eiji Yoshikawa's novel... More 

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