Rengeo-in Temple (Sanjusangen-do)

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Japanese script: 三十三間堂
Area: Kyoto
Address: 657, Kaimachi, Sanjusangendo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto [map]
Phone: 075-561-0467 075-561-0467
Access: 389 m from Shichijō Station Keihan Main Line (KH37)
0.8 km from Tōfukuji Station Nara Line (D2)
0.8 km from Tōfukuji Station Keihan Main Line (KH36)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults: ¥600
Children: ¥300
Students: ¥400

Also known as Sanjusangen-do, this 750 year old temple features 1,001 Senju-Kannon statues housed in a 120 meter long hall.

Sanjusan means thirty three and gen is a unit of measurement referring to the size of the hall, while Senju Kannon is a “goddesses of mercy” who purportedly has thousands of hands. The long hall is an imposing and contains a large wooden statue of the 1000-armed kanon with 500 smaller versions on either side – although smaller in this case only means human sized, so it’s pretty impressive. In case you begin to count, the statues do not actually have 1000 arms, it’s just over 40 – but they still look impressive. You can catch the number 100, 206 or 208 busses to get there or walk for around 20 minutes from Kyoto station.

Sanjusangendo Garden
Photo by Kyoto-Picture used under CC