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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4.0a year ago
This is Sanjusangendo. The Kannon image inside cannot be photographed.
5.07 months ago
Loved this temple. Very unassuming from the outside but mind blown away from the inside where please note you can't take photos. Its easy to get temple fatigue in Kyoto but this is one of those temples that stands out and is very memorable.
5.0a month ago
Entrance is ¥600 per person and now it's not crowded at all. Place worth visiting where you can see 1000 Buddha statue with all of them not identical. No photography allowed inside.
4.09 months ago
It was a little underwhelming for us, but we loved the peaceful gardens and the pop of bright orange from the darker style wood. When we went, no pictures were allowed inside, but the golden statues inside were absolutely stunning. Recommend if you're in the area.
Note: Visited prior to Covid, so things may be different.
5.06 months ago
The main hall with 1,000 gold-leafed Kannon statues and 28 deities is more impressive than we'd imagined. It's all the more impressive that these intricate sculptures have survived century upon century. Although photography is not allowed within the main hall, there are some nice picture opportunities outside in the garden area.