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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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1001 statues are amazing

We walked to this temple from Kyoto Century Hotel. The statues are life size and spaced evenly apart. The only disappointing thing was you weren't allowed to take any photos... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked to this temple from Kyoto Century Hotel. The statues are life size and spaced evenly apart. The only disappointing thing was you weren't allowed to take any photos inside the temple. The temple has some nice small gardens around it too.

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Lake Tahoe, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Under construction on facade when I arrived late September. Inside was accessible and informative. The Buddhas are impressive and the archery story lives on with annual archery competitions (in January). Grounds are beautiful. No photos inside the temple means you have to see it for yourself! The area also has a nearby shrine with a cool samurai history. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I strongly recommend visiting Sanjusangdo temple. It's unfortunate that you can't take any pictures of the statues inside. (There's at least 10 signs that tell you not to take pictures.) With that being said it was nice to be able to just enjoy the moment and look at all of the Buddha statues without worrying about getting a good shot.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The main hall of this temple contains a reported 1000 statues of the Buddha, plus others of various deities of the particular sect of Buddhism this temple represents. The statues and the structure are wonderful, and it seems to go on forever - actually over 120 meters. They used to have archery contests down the long side of the temple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We will never forget this one - a truly amazing sight inside and out. The serried rows of Kannon are very moving - a place to take in slowly and enjoy. Close to the National Musuem.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved seeing the Hall of a Thousand Buddahs. When you first start walking around they all look the same but if you look closely they are a little different. This was truly a magnificent sight. Probably one of my favorite sites in Kyoto. The gardens are also very beautiful. Photos are not allowed inside temple.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plus - a visual treat of hundreds of similar looking deities in a wooden building, an opportunity to learn the interconnections between Hinduism and Buddhism, Closer to Kyoto station (a five minutes bus ride will do), Minus- photography is completely banned inside the building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited in September. There's an entrance fee of a few hundred yen and you need to remove your shoes before going into the temple. Once inside, photographs are not allowed to be taken. It was really overwhelming to see the Kannon statues and the guardians deities which are a few centuries old. A huge Kannon statue sits in the middle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably of it's own kind of Buddhist temple in the world having 1001 life-size statues of deities of Kannon, along with their origin Sanskrit name, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fire. If one has read Indian mythology, one can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible a thousand wood statues in the worlds longest wood building. All were carved of wood covered witith gold leaf. Features very similar but slight differences Totally amazing

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