Sightseeing information about Sanjusangendo in Japan.


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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


5.0a week ago

Amazing history and very receptive of people with disabilities. They have ramps everywhere, braille and scaled statues/ buildings with similar textures to allow for people to feel the shape and texture of it all. Reading about the archery tournament was insane! Some of their souvenirs you can purchase for ¥100-300 cheaper elsewhere but you're not guaranteed to find it all. The incense burning at the entrance to the main hall smelled great but was quite overwhelming. If you have respiratory issues just be mindful!

5.0a week ago

The statues are really beautifully carved and look ‘alive’. Definitely worth a visit.

Plan for at least 1 hour of visit if you are into art/ statues.

3.0a month ago

This place houses 1000+ identical sacred statues all standing in an array formation. Each statue has 33 arms and spiky features. Personally, I do not want to be here alone in the dark with so many scary eyes. Photos were not allowed inside.

5.02 months ago

Very impressive, a gallery of “marvel” like super heroes designed for massive crowds. It’s extraordinary how many tourist take photos and videos when asked not to, and in front of “no photo” signs.


5.0a week ago

By the way, this closes at 4pm in the winter time. Make sure you don't get there too late like we did! Enjoy!

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