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.
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 37.3km) Google Transit
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5.03 months 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.
5.0a week ago
Great for a rainy day. Absolutely amazing sight inside the temple. You must take off your shoes before entering.
5.03 months 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!
5.0a month ago
Very peaceful and beautiful temple. You walk down the main hall where 10 rows of 100 statues of Kannon are displayed. The main statue in the center of the hall is impressive. In addition, there are about 30 statues of different deities, with a brief description in english. No pictures are allowed. A walk in the garden is recommended at the end of the visit. Highly recommended visit and it’s in front of the Kyoto National Museum, which is also worth a visit.
5.0in the last week
If you like to observe thousands of Buddha statues, then visit this temple... but you cant take any pic inside.