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Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto

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Historic 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. Use our Kyoto vacation builder to visit Sanjusangendo Temple on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one my most memorable temples in Kyoto. There is literally 1001 Buddhas contained in the temple. No photos allowed and shoes must be taken off with slippers provided. It would have taken gener...  more »
  • The Kannon Statues are gorgeous! Even though photography is not allowed inside the main hall, viewing the statues are pure pleasure. This temple is within walk from Shichijo Station along the Keihan L...  more »
  • The feeling to see the 1001 Buddha statues arranged inside the immense Pavilion is indescribable. The monks celebrate the Buddhist cult inside regularly during the visit.
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