Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Sanjusangendo Temple Reviews: 4.5/5

Sanjusangendo Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Joseph
9 contributions
Fascinating sight
Sep 2019
The statues inside are incredibly beautiful, I wish I were allowed to take pictures of them. The outside grounds are quite pretty and peaceful as well.
Written June 15, 2020
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK6,969 contributions
Breathtaking
Mar 2020
This is an amazing temple with over 1001 statues of Buddha and his guardians. Very impressive that it has been here so long and I imagine the non educated villagers and farmers would have felt in awe at these deities.
The guardians have crystals for eyes which is very effective and they do on occasions look very real. Fantastic spiritual feeling and great air of calm, truly breathtaking.
Written March 26, 2020
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Robert C
18 contributions
Main Boddisvata statue
Mar 2020 • Solo
A Bodisvata is like an avatar who returns from Nirvana, which is liberation from the wheel of life (suffering) and is like a hero to help us who are not yet liberated. She has a 1000 “arms” and surrounded by a 1000 life size manifestations of herself, all gilded in gold leaf over wood. Truly shows the Hindu origination of esoteric Buddhism. Pray for your family and the well being of all living things. The Shinto deities are also Hindu inspired with eyes that seem to follow you and appear to defy their static state with curved lines and fluid form. They are likely the inspiration for modern Japanese anime avatars, such as Dragon Ball Z and Demon Slayer. This is a mystical place to connect with humanity as expressed through ancient Japan. No photos are allowed at all.
Written March 14, 2020
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SanneTravel
Groningen, The Netherlands112 contributions
Go here. You will regret it if you don't
Feb 2020 • Couples
A 'must see' is probably one of those things you hear a lot when you browse the reviews of people visiting Kyoto. In this case, they are absolutely not wrong. It is amazing how a hall of 120 meters long is filled to the brim with 1000 gorgeous, a bit intimidating golden statues and a few wooden statues of the different gods. We were so happy that we decided to walk here after visiting kiyomizudera.
Written February 20, 2020
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Patrick O
Mount Holly, NC969 contributions
Great Place to Explore!
Dec 2019
We stopped here while on an afternoon tour of Kyoto and this temple is really a great place to see and explore.The hall with the1001 Buddist statues is very impressive and the large Kannon with one thousand arms is magnificient to see. One has to admire the craftsmanship. There are no photos allowed inside so buy post cards. My wife did not go in due to her dilslike of heavy incense, but this is worth seeing. Our niece and I were in awe of the sheer number of statues. There ar 28 guardian statues as well. It is easy to understand why this is a national treasure! Don't miss this one. This is one of the best temples that saw.
Written February 15, 2020
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Happygolightly1
London, UK159 contributions
The temple I loved most
Nov 2019
Sanjūsangen-dō temple, famous for its 1001 wooden statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take a photo of the goddesses, but take my word: it's an unforgettable sight.
Written February 9, 2020
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Allison P
17 contributions
Breathtaking!
Jan 2020
Simply stunning and a must-see while in Kyoto. Sadly, photos aren't allowed inside the temple, so none to share, but run -- don't walk -- to Sanjusangendo Temple!
Written February 1, 2020
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c3pon
Hampton, MN602 contributions
Interesting sight to see!
Jan 2020 • Couples
The exterior is relatively boring, I take your shoes off and walk inside.... Amazing! 1000 Golden Buddha statues roughly the size of an average human. Plus other statues in a large Buddha in the center. Wonderful sight to see make sure you put this on your Kyoto itinerary.
Written January 24, 2020
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Arotake
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK860 contributions
Worth doing but not in top 5
Nov 2019
As others have said an amazing collection of statues but as you will quickly find on your trip around Japan you are never short of a temple or shrine. This is worth doing but isn't overly special in my view.
Written January 9, 2020
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Rafflesia
Perth, Australia641 contributions
Buddhist temple
Jan 2020
Nice place to visit to see the various deities on display. No photography and video allowed. As it is a temple, be also prepared to remove footwear.
Written January 8, 2020
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