Sanjusangendo Temple


Sanjusangendo Mawari-cho 657
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Sanjusangendo is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fire.


Sanjusangendo Mawari-cho 657

January - December
Monday - Sunday: 08:00-17:00

- 成人:600円
- 中學生、高中生:400円
- 兒童:300円


Sam Lesmana

Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, can be seen as both a male or female statue. She is a Bodhisattva, which means she has reached Enlightenment but has postponed Nirvana (eternal enlightenment) in order to help others. She can be depicted with 1000 arms (that's the number they're going for, usually the statues won't have so many though) holding 1000 different things to be able to help people. Sometimes she will also be seen with 11 faces and/or a lotus flower.

Because I really love Kannon, Sanjusangendo was a must-see for me. It may be boring if you don't know about Kannon, but this is the kind of place that improves the more you know about it.

Palak Patel

One of my all-time favorite places I went to when I was in japan. No pictures or recordings allowed but its still worth it.

Eri Lin

The use of recording devices (cameras, phones, etc.) are forbidden inside the temple, so prepare to absorb the beautiful sight with you eyes only!


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