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Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto

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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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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • This is Sanjusangendo. The Kannon image inside cannot be photographed.
  • Very powerful spiritual spot. Once you enter the main hall, you are overwhelmed by the numerous religious figures on display. The hall itself is not that large, but the amount of detail and variation between them is so impressive that one could lose themselves here for over an hour and never get bored. Although I live in Southern Osaka, I found myself requesting one of their services. They offer postal delivery for some of their special services. I was touched by the fact that the monk who dealt with us spent an impressive amount of time ensuring my name was filled out properly on the shipping slip so that my charm would arrive without any trouble. The admission fee is extremely reasonable. It is so low that if I lived closer, I could see myself coming here regularly. My daughter said the exact same thing.

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