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 week ago
It's very beautiful and unique and quite underrated. The only downside is that you have to pay ¥600 yet you can't take any photos. But I guess we have to respect that. Really recommended.
5.03 weeks ago
This is one of the best places I have visited in Japan. Photos are not allowed to be taken once inside as the Buddhas are very sacred. You will notice that the faces of the statues are different from each other which means they were carved by different people.
5.0a month ago
So far best Shrine so far in our trip to Japan, just to see the 1000 statues is breathtaking, also it was not crowded at all big bonus. Besides the main building the perimeter brings colorful views, a must go if your in Kyoto.
4.0a month ago
A very powerful spectacle inside with the 1,000 originally wood statues from the 12th century. Lightly populated with tourists, a pleasant experience overall. Note they are very strict about no photos inside
4.0a month ago
Visited 21st June 2018. Note to self - the entrance is to the northeast, not the south. The garden area is slightly spartan (sparce) but the small pond area was pleasant. The pinnacle is the interior of the temple where the Bodhisattvas are. I'm not religious but the premise and the number of statues was breathtaking! That alone is certainly worth the price of admission. (Note: one must also take off ones shoes before entering).