Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto

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Pay a visit to Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple known for its 100 sculptures of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The current shrine dates back to 1266, when it replaced an older structure badly damaged by fire. Enter the spacious wooden hall to admire life-size statues of the resident deity, made of Japanese cypress and adorned with gold leaf. Take a stroll through the picturesque temple garden and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred site steeped in history. Arrange your visit to Sanjusangendo Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kyoto using our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .
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  • 1001 statues of goddess Cannon housed in this temple, the longest wooden in Japan! Worth visiting (login 600yen), although that does not allow photos inside ...
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  • The inside of the temple was the highlight for me with the 1000 kannons and the buddha of mercy and compassion only second to buddha with curly hair - or at least this is what we were told by our guid...  more »
  • Beautiful temple and see the 1001 statues of Kannon, more 28 statues of other gods, a not to be missed if you like art and the knowledge of other religions. It lies opposite the National Museum.
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