Sightseeing information about Sanjusangendo in Japan.


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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


5.0a month ago

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. I especially liked the gods of wind and thunder that keep guard on each end of the place.

5.0a month ago

Maybe the most beautiful attraction we saw in Kyoto which is, wrongfully, overlooked in many of the guides around the town and internet lists. Be sure to come and visit the amazing garden, stunning rows of Buddhas and learn about the history and the present of the place.

5.0in the last week

amazing place. Beautifully well maintained. Peaceful calm environment ...

5.02 months ago

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.

5.0a month ago

One of my favorite places we visited in Kyoto over a 5 day stay. Walking into the large room with the 1000 life-size Kannon statues was breathtaking.

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