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“Ryozen Kannon”
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Ryozen Kannon
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$128.30*
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
Ranked #141 of 1,313 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This Buddhist monument is a park dedicated to people who died in World War II.
Reviewed December 10, 2012

We included a stop here during a day walking in Hagashiyama, starting from Kiyomizudera and heading north, it is located just before Kodai-ji. This is a little different to other temples along this path, it is war memorial to those lost in WWII and services are held here several times a day.

The statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteśvara) is 24m tall and sits on top of the temple, you will be given incense as you arrive to light and place in the urn before you enter the building. Up the stairs at the back you can enter the statue where other smaller statues are on display. The grounds were very peaceful and stunning with their backdrop of cherry blossom.

There is a memorial hall to all the worlds unknown soldiers and covered walkways display memorial tablets for 2 million Japanese lost in the war. In addition to the large Kannon, temple and memorial hall there is also a large gold wishing ball, Buddhapada (footprints of the Buddha) and pretty gardens.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

I was not expecting KannonI to be so big! She's huge and you can go inside around the back and see all sorts of smaller Buddhas inside her. She gleams in the sun and is really a kind of amazing sight.
My favorite thing about her was not just her size but the Buddha carved into her forehead as if she's always thinking of him and what he stood for.

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Reviewed September 7, 2012

This memorial is definitely worth a look. It's massive! There is a cost to get in but there are statues and shrines beyond the one big Buddha. There were monks on the property while I was there and they spoke to us when we encountered them. It was conveniently located several other temples and shopping areas so it was worth dropping in.

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Reviewed April 27, 2012

As we walked from Gion District and Maruyama Park to Kiyomizudera Temple, we came across this Giant Buddha build in 1955 as a shrine to world peace. It was very nice. We enjoyed all of it: the view back to Kyoto, going inside the giant Buddha where there is a nice collection of Buddhas, the giant footprint next to the giant Buddha, the gold wishing ball, the cherry blossoms, and more.

We also really appreciated the building to the right of the statue. It was a little run down, but in it were files of names of all the soldiers who had died in World War II. In front of this building there were red bibbed statues and toys put there by parents for their departed children. At least that's my best guess.

We went south from there to the

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