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Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-525-0033
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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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Must-see of Kyoto

While walking through Kyoto, my family and I stumbled across this amazing temple in the middle of Kyoto. This was actually one of the favorite places we went! The size of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Oakley, California
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Oakley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While walking through Kyoto, my family and I stumbled across this amazing temple in the middle of Kyoto. This was actually one of the favorite places we went! The size of the building and number of statues inside were so impressive. This is everything I imagined Kyoto to be! Highly recommend. However, naturally, being an older building, it is pretty... More 

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Varese, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

How such an anonymous building can turn into an incredible attraction, with the plenty of statues surrounding the main big one.

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American Fork, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is probably one of the more sacred and truly religious places in Kyoto. That being said the statues are dimly lit and there is not a lot else to see here. I give it a solid "b"

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

In a recent article,the outstanding curator of the Australian National Portrait Gallery (Angus Trumble) selected this as one of his favourite art treasures of the world. It was therefore with high expectations that we viewed this 12- century Buddhist temple that contains 1001 life- sized carved standing Kannon statues. It did not disappoint and is truly spectacular.Unfortunately my husband is... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing temple with 1001 statues of Kannon. While no photos a are allowed inside, you can buy post cards. While we were there early in the morning, a monk was performing a ceremony which was fascinating to watch. Go early to avoid the crowds.

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Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A beautiful temple with 1001 statues of the Buddhist deity made in the 12th and 13th century. There are also 28 statues of guardian deities (in front of the 1001 statues) that protect the Buddhist deity. Most of the exhibit has descriptions in multiple languages, including English. I'm not sure a guide is required. You are not allowed to use... More 

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Busan, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sanjusan-Gendo is expensive compared to other temples and shrines in the area. No pictures are allowed inside the main hall - the one with all of the statues. I would understand if it were for the purpose of protecting the artifacts from light degradation, but since the wall they face lets in lots of natural light anyway (also making flashes... More 

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Thank Nelson P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't take the pictures inside the temple but the best temple that shows the connection to Hindu mythology. It explains all in the temple with each Kannon. It seems to be going on forever but really great temple where one actually sees all the gods and the status.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure and get a guide or read up on this fascinating temple. There are 33 protectors along with over 100 gold enlightenment statues. Very interesting.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect in this building but enjoyed it immensely. The Golden warriors seem to go on forever. I enjoyed reading the plaques about the Guardians. The building is the longest wooden building in Japan. You will need to take your shoes off. No photography allowed. There are lockers for 100yen.

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