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Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-525-0033
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Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the...

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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Truly inspiring, truly jaw-dropping - 1,000 life-size statutes AND 10' Buddha, AND 20 carved life-size protector Dieties

Housed in the World's Longest wooden building, built over 800 years ago, stand 500 stunningly carved gold-leafed multi-armed "Kannon" statues on each side of a 10' tall seated... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Housed in the World's Longest wooden building, built over 800 years ago, stand 500 stunningly carved gold-leafed multi-armed "Kannon" statues on each side of a 10' tall seated Buddha. Our minds understood those words, but upon seeing the devotion and effort...even if your not up on the nuances of Buddhism, it's a (relatively) uncrowded Temple that will delight you, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

kyoto is like ROME. 365 churches too see. and 2000 years of history. to see all need to live one year. kyto too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't imagine visiting Kyoto for the first time and not seeing this stunning Buddhist Temple. Inside are 1001 Kannon statues carved of Japanese cypress. No photos are allowed by the public but you can find professional photos online. They do not do the Temple justice. The figures were carved in the 12th and 13th centuries. The statues are impressively... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This large temple houses 1001 statues. They are pretty amazing to see. The Gardens are nice, but not very extensive. This Temple is the largest wooden building in Japan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is the collection of more than 1000 beautiful statues made from wood and covered in gold paint, make you awed in front of the skill of the long time passed away sculptors. As someone specifically enjoy the classic sculpting art, I had so much joy browsing the statues and look at all the meticulous details, all the small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing the more than 1,000 statues of the Buddhist god Kanon is breathtaking. The history of the place is very interesting

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Inside this temple there are lots of impressive religious statues with english descriptions and explanations. It's a good look into the relegious history of Japan. The bad thing is that it's very crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though this is rated so highly on TripAdvisor, this temple is still very quiet with few foreigners (at least while I was there). The 1001 statues are incredible, and as much as I wanted to photograph, I kept to the signs saying to please not take photos. There are great signs in English to explain some of the statues... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was next to our hotel (the Hyatt) so it was a no brainer to go and see. It is very impressive indeed with hundreds upon hundreds of Statues a great thing to see with good signage explaining the importance and meaning of some of the major exhibits. One shame is you cannot take photos inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is located on a relatively small plot of land in the middle of a neighborhood. There is nothing to make it visually distinctive except that the main building is a very long hall. Inside, however, is stunning. There are 1000 statues, all almost life-sized, all lined up and all painted in (fading ) gold leaf. There are good... More 

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