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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.