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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This is Sanjusangendo. The Kannon image inside cannot be photographed.
5.06 months ago
Well worth a visit, not that far from the station. You need to pay on entry and once in you need to take off your shoes and either wear the slippers provided or walk with your socks.
The pathway to see the sculptures of the heavenly Gods and 1001 buddhas, no photos allowed but the whole visit feels very peaceful and calm and so very beautiful. There is a shop at the end.
Highly recommend a walk round the gardens on the side and visit the little shrine behind which was in bloom with plum blossoms on our visit
5.07 months ago
Absolutely staggering on the inside. 1000 exquisite buddist statues with some dating back to 1200's. No photos allowed inside unfortunately. Seriously one of the most fascinating and breathtaking things I have seen. Well worth it.
5.08 months ago
Today when we visited, we got to experience the annual archery contest. It was crowded, but so much fun. There were food stalls on the temple grounds which made it very festive. Normally this is a quiet temple with a beautiful pond area surrounded by cherry blossom trees (gorgeous during cherry blossom season). We were able to see the last archers and were given free entrance to the temple. We saw the 1,000 statues which is very neat to see all the different faces. The monks were also given blessings over anyone who came through to remove evil and provide healing, especially for headaches. It was a great experience overall.
4.06 months ago
The temple itself offers nothing special. But what you find inside is.
After removing your shoes you will be walking through a hallway. In the middle you will see a huge Buddah meditating. He is not alone as on his left are 500 statues, same of his right. It is nice to appreciate something a few hundred years old. If you pay attention you will see that each face is different! Quite a good work! For an impressive look, stand on one of either side of the room, align with the first row of statues, and look at them. The garden looks beautiful too. As of February 2020 the entrance fee for an adult is 600Y. Taking photos is prohibited inside the temple.