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  • Address: Higashiyama-ku Chaya-machi, Kyoto 605-0941, Japan
  • Hours: Open daily, Mar - Oct 8am - 5pm, Nov - Mar 9am - 4pm
  • Admission: ¥600

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Sanjusangen-do Hall

Built in 1164, Sanjusangendo Temple impresses in scope, size, and detail, with 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, flanking the main image of a giant, seated Kannon. Carved in the 12th and 13th centuries, the statues are arranged in 50 columns, each two rows deep. It's said that the Kannon witness and protect against human suffering. To aid in their mission, the Kannon are equipped with 11 heads and 1,000 arms.

"Sanjusangendo" translates to hall with thirty three spaces between the columns," describing a traditional measurement system. The wooden temple building extends 118 meters (387 feet), making it the longest of its kind in the world. Originally built for former emperor Go-Shirakawa, the Temple today remains a religious destination and popular tourist stop. It represents some of the most exquisite Japanese Buddhist sculpture and architecture in the country.

Practical Info

Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangendo-mae bus stop is located 10 minutes from Kyoto Station by bus numbers 100, 206, or 208 or a 20 minute walk. The temple is also a five minute walk from Schichijo Station along the Keihan Line. A parking lot is available but has limited spots. The temple is open from 9:00am - 4:00pm every day of the year, and a small entrance fee is required.

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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, null
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

In order to closely feel the local atmosphere of Kyoto, this tour will use public transportation so that you can experience the everyday life of Kyoto locals, ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.29
Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka, Osaka, Full-day Tours
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Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka

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Tour Kyoto’s famous landmarks all in one day, traveling by rail from Osaka! Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former royal capital, including ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.07
Kyoto Afternoon Tour to Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall and Kiyomizu Temple from Osaka, Osaka, Day ... 
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Kyoto Afternoon Tour to Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall and Kiyomizu Temple from Osaka

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Travel round-trip by rail to Kyoto and visit key cultural landmarks in the former capital. View the splendid gardens of Heian Shrine, see 1,000-armed statues ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus

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The best bus system for exploring Kyoto. K'LOOP (Kyoto World Heritage Loop Bus) allows you the freedom to enjoy the World Heritage sites and other important ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.30
Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle, Kyoto, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

This is a private tour by a chartered vehicle. Using this service, you can charter your vehicle Limousine, Van, or Bus which is most suitable for your group ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $707.04
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Custom Private ... 
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Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

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Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.70
Kyoto Afternoon Tour: Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Kyoto on an afternoon guided tour through the former capitol’s vibrant shrines and temples. Admire the alluring ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, Half-day Tours
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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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If you want to see the highlights of beautiful Kyoto but have limited time, zip there and back by bullet train (Shinkansen) on this full-day tour from Tokyo. ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $419.33

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