Sanjusangendo ('33-interval hall') in eastern Kyoto is known for its 1001 statues that has 11 heads and innumerable arms. These statues are housed in the 120m-long main hall, the longest wooden building in Japan, whose facade has 33 bays between the pillars. In the center sits a 3m-tall 1000-armed Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), flanked by 500 human-sized statues standing on each side.
The original building dates from 1164 when 124 these images were created. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the remaining 876 images were created by many sculptors, including well-known masters, to add up to 1000. Each of these 1000 image have different faces and costume and you may find one that look exactly like you.
Purposeeasily accessible,surreal&cool,spiritual places,that you'll never forget,knows a lot about Japan,Japanese resort,shrine/temple,art
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 37.3km) Google Transit
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5.0a week ago
I took a meditation class at this location. I learned the importance of breathing, presence, and relaxing. The teacher (monk) patiently guided the group and took the time to summarize his statements in English so I could follow along easier. I would definitely go back.
The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. I believe there even a tour given by monks on the ground.
5.02 weeks ago
What a wonderful and beautiful place to spend some time. The amount of artistry and history is amazing. So much to take in. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Thank you. I highly recommend a visit!
4.0a month ago
Impressive collection of Buddhist statues. The Indian roots of Japanese Buddhism becomes very apparent, which I found interesting. Maybe not worth a long detour but definitely go if you're in the area or have a special interest in Buddhism.
5.04 weeks ago
This temple is so beautiful and peaceful (but can get so noisy when is full of tourist). The garden is a beautiful walk and once you get inside the temple, you will be amazed by the 1001 Buddha. A temple you must visit on your trip to Kyoto.
5.0a month ago
Powerful, moving place. Kyoto is full of beautiful shrines and temples with stunning gardens & architecture. But none moved me as much as Sanjusangendo. Being in the presence of life size 1001 Buddhas all facing towards you is quite something.