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Sanjusangen-do Temple
Kyoto Top 13 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.5/5
506 Reviews
Temple
Liked by 9
Closed Open from 1/1-3/31,9:00am-4:00pm;Open from 4/1-11/15,8:30am-5:00pm;Open from 11/16-12/31,9:00am-4:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: 657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone: +81-75-5610467

What people are saying:

By far one of the most overlooked of Kyoto's temples, this one features 1001 statues of the Goddess Kannon, the goddess of Mercy. Rebuilt after a fire, this temple's wooden hall is the longest in Japan and worth a stroll to experience.

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  • jtdelval
    jtdelval
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    Fascinating sight

    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.

    Reviewed on /Date(1592218379000+0800)/
  • SteveS1970
    SteveS1970
    Coventry, United Kingdom
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    Breathtaking

    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 ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1585178076000+0800)/
  • U9029QHrobertc
    U9029QHrobertc
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    Main Boddisvata statue

    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 surrou...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584115762000+0800)/
  • SanneTravel
    SanneTravel
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    Go here. You will regret it if you don't

    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 lo...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582150288000+0800)/
  • Patrick O
    Patrick O
    Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA
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    Great Place to Explore!

    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 th...

    Reviewed on /Date(1581736971000+0800)/

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Introduction

Sanjusangen-do Temple, also known as the Hall of the Lotus King, boasts one of Japan's few long wooden buildings, its main hall stretching from north to south. Although the exterior is simple and austere, the interior is shockingly different. The temple is filled with Japanese National Treasures, including Buddhist statues and cultural relics, and it is especially famous for the impressive number of statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon. These statues vary in appearance, from differences in clothing and musical instruments to expressions and postures. The temple is also known for its archery competition which is held here every year.
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