Sanjusangendo Temple
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08:00 - 16:30
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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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mom22k
Oakville, Canada21 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This was a very different temple from all the rest, due to the sheer number of bronze warriors/guardians inside the main temple. There also was a large golden God/Buddha and other main God statues. Super interesting to see but no photos allowed.
Written 17 November 2022
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,060 contributions
Aug 2022
Worthwhile visit. The temple was bult for a retired emperor seeeking to find himself among the thousand boddhisatvas. The venue consists of a huge hall with the golden buddhas, a beautiful main statue, and impressive, high quality renditions of guardian spirits (gods of thunder, wind, music war etc) in the front row. I recommend getting the official calligraphy seal (only Y300) from the officials at the front.
Written 2 August 2022
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Joseph
9 contributions
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 15 June 2020
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,203 contributions
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 26 March 2020
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Robert C
18 contributions
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 14 March 2020
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SanneTravel
Groningen, The Netherlands112 contributions
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 20 February 2020
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Patrick O
Mount Holly, NC1,038 contributions
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 15 February 2020
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Happygolightly1
London, UK159 contributions
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 9 February 2020
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Allison P
18 contributions
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 1 February 2020
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c3pon
Hampton, MN602 contributions
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 24 January 2020
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