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
A must go place. National treasures. Spiritual and beautiful place! It's a place where you can go "aww" and want to go back the line and admire the statues all over again. I went to more than 15 temples and Shrines in Kyoto and this is the most distinguished. Totally recommended. No photos inside the hall though, but I left with the 1000 yen photo books and some amulets. Felt amazing!
5.0a month ago
This is one of my favorite temples in Kyoto. It's not as big as some others, but it has so many beautiful wooden carvings. If you're interested in religious images or symbolism, this is a great place to visit.
5.0a week ago
Please go at least one to this place. The statues are magnificent.. Its a very powerful and pleasant place.
5.02 weeks ago
Though not listed as the top place to visit in Kyoto in most guides, it’s definitely worth a trip. It won’t take much time at all but will mark your memories. No pictures are allowed inside but an image will hardly showcase how impressive Sanjūsangen-dō is, with its 1001 statues. Make sure you don’t miss it!
4.04 weeks ago
Wonderfully clear and amazingly blue sky. With that as a backdrop, and the quiet of light crowds, the place is peaceful and serene.
Nice quiet place to relax and reflect.