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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5.0in the last week
So many details, so much more than just boring statues. Every single Buddha has a different face and facial expression. Statues of the gods, in contrast to the Buddhas, are very dynamic looking, filling you with awe and admiration. I especially liked the wind and thunder gods that keep guard on each end of the place.
5.0in the last week
This is one of the places which really put me to awe so easily. This temple has thousands of ornate statues of Kanon and visitors to this temple are prayerful and quiet as they pass through the main hall. No pictures allowed of the inside and the small entry fee is worth the while.
5.03 months ago
Sanjusangendo is impressive not only as a cultural heritage site, but also as an example of how some simple adaptations can make tourist attractions accessible to all visitors. This site is a must visit.
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4.0a week ago
The 1001 statues are impressive. Not much else to see, but still interesting and worth a visit.
4.02 months ago
A bit pricey to visit - 600 yen for entrance. The gardens outside are lovely, very tranquil. There was a lot of construction going on whilst we were there however so that was a bit annoying but lovely nonetheless. Then we went into the temple itself. No pictures were allowed which is understandable as it is a sacred area. It's very interesting even for people who aren't concerned about history of Buddhism itself. However if you're trying to save money I would give this one a skip, the temple is wonderful but nothing amazing. Perfect for those interested in more Information surrounding Buddhism and Japanese culture. There is a gift shop at the end which was lovely and not too expensive.