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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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  • First, a comment on a previous reviewer complaining about not being able to take pictures in Kyoto's temples: these are sacred sites, most of them with active worshippers. They're not Disneyland. It.....  more
    First, a comment on a previous reviewer complaining about not being able to take pictures in Kyoto's temples: these are sacred sites, most of them with active worshippers. They're not Disneyland. It.....  more »
  • This is an awesome one of a kind Temple. There are over 1000 statues inside and the building is supposedly the longest wood building in the world. Regardless its awesome to see and highly... 
    This is an awesome one of a kind Temple. There are over 1000 statues inside and the building is supposedly the longest wood building in the world. Regardless its awesome to see and highly...  more »
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  • Visited this place two days before Christmas. The place doesn't allow you to take pictures inside the temple but you can walk around the temple and take a few snaps. Inside, you can see the statues lined up and the image of Kannon in the middle. It's really amazing so I recommend you to visit it. The entrance fee for adults is ¥600 while children is ¥300
  • Simply amazing place to a glimpse at a moment in time with those statues. Couldn’t take any pictures inside. Pretty amazing history on each one of the Buddhist deities. Something created in the 12th century and in great condition. Bought a couple of nice souvenirs and would highly recommend to anyone in Kyoto.

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