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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4.0in the last week
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.
5.03 weeks ago
This was a really unique experience. The 1000 statues are incredibly well kept and very beautiful. It was also covered and it happened to be a rainy day so the timing was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of each statue and what they represented. They have prayer boxes for each, I gave my 5 cents to the thunder god whom is said to control the weather. Once we had left the temple the clouds had cleared up, best nickel I've ever spent.
I would share some pictures but photography is forbidden inside. So make sure you keep the cameras off.
5.0a week ago
Amaaaaazing! The garden is great but the most interesting point is the interior. The 500 statues with the huge statue in the middle of these are just incredible. I never seen something like that before. Highly recommended!
5.02 weeks ago
Absolutely gorgeous place. Felt very peaceful inside. Will definitely want to visit again.
5.0a week ago
I visited quite a few temples and shrines in Kyoto during Sakura 2019, and this particular temple stood out above the rest for me, by far. Wow. What an absolutely breathtaking marvel to behold. I felt the most spiritual I’ve ever felt in my life inside the great hall, in front of the Kannon statue.