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Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the great hall within which houses 1001 life-sized, wooden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
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657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higasiyama, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday

Great for a rainy day and we went early before the crowds so it was empty which was nice. Photos are not allowed inside so we did not know what to expect and this is one that is hard to describe and we are so...More

Thank CrazytravelersfromNC
Reviewed 4 days ago

After a while it seems like "if you have seen one temple, you have seen them all". But this temple with its hall of statues is definitely different. I really appreciated that many of the statues were labeled with English-language signs providing some explanation. While...More

Thank KayakBob
Reviewed 5 days ago

Impressive buildings and statues, less appealing to people who are not into buddhism. The site is quite unique in terms of design and shape.

Thank yyyzzz_utah
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is not one of the bigger temple grounds and there is not an amazing garden, but the site of the statues inside this building is incredible. People are genuinely wowed when entering the building.

Thank Robb H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Buddhist temple dating from 1164 the main hall houses the One Thousand armed Kannon, a national treasure. Surround the Kannon are one thousand life like Buddha statues carved of cypress and clad in gold leaf. No photos allowed inside the main temple. Surrounding the...More

Thank IndochineTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a late addition to our visit to Kyoto but we are glad we found time to visit. The collection of Kannon statues along with the history of the temple was well presented. Also, if it is a hot day, being inside the largest...More

Thank mfp1994
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 1,001 statues are a marvel and impressive to see grouped together with fine differences. This is a perfect stop if you have a short block of time - I found 30 minutes was more than enough. If you're staying at the Hyatt Regency, it...More

Thank Jennifer d
Reviewed 1 week ago

The most incredible temple to visit in Kyoto if not in whole Japan. You will see 1000 budhas and the whole place is so amazing. You should definetely visit.

Thank ztacir
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kyoto has a lot of temples, each slightly different from the other. By the end of a couple of days, they all merge in your memory. This one, is distinct because of a thousand statues. Pity they don’t let you take pictures.

Thank WWTraveller26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking into the temple building and to see all the figurines. As you walk past all the Guardians, there is a short explanation in English. Hindu Gods. The Goddess of Mercy is in the middle. Simply amazing ! Glorious ! So old and historical.

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20 January 2018|
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Response from RayWaspe | Reviewed this property |
We stumbled upon this temple by chance, it was mid /late afternoon and although somewhat busy, it wasn’t overcrowded. The temple is huge and everyone inside was respectfully quiet so it never felt busy.
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23 March 2017|
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Response from dlw2335 | Reviewed this property |
You can take a taxi. And yes, there should be cherry blossoms in early April!
19 January 2016|
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Response from Nick S |
It is not far from Kyoto station. We walked, about 20 min. (Note we used Google map/ navigator).