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Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto

#6 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Must see · Historic Site · Religious Site
Pay a visit to Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple known for its 100 sculptures of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The current shrine dates back to 1266, when it replaced an older structure badly damaged by fire. Enter the spacious wooden hall to admire life-size statues of the resident deity, made of Japanese cypress and adorned with gold leaf. Take a stroll through the picturesque temple garden and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred site steeped in history. Arrange your visit to Sanjusangendo Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kyoto using our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • This is Sanjusangendo. The Kannon image inside cannot be photographed.
  • It was a little underwhelming for us, but we loved the peaceful gardens and the pop of bright orange from the darker style wood. When we went, no pictures were allowed inside, but the golden statues inside were absolutely stunning. Recommend if you're in the area. Note: Visited prior to Covid, so things may be different.

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