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Sanjusangen-do Temple Tours

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Sanjusangen-do Temple
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.

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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.
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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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with OptionsDay Trips

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered VehicleFull-day Tours

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Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi TourDay Trips

Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

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Kyoto private tour with local guideFull-day Tours

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In this private tour, you can visit many attractive sites of this city using your time in Kyoto the most efficiently. Of course, you can customize the tour as you'd like. And the characteristic of my guiding is use of ''Original materials''.Guiding not only with words but also with Handmade materials such as old maps, ancient writings, pictures and Japanese wood rock prints help you enjoy Kyoto with its deep history and background.
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Private Ultimate Temples of Kyoto Tour with a LocalHalf-day Tours

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The temples of Kyoto are vestiges of its captivating past, and the stories surrounding these ancient places of worship define Japan’s iconic cultural city. Go in-depth into the country’s main religion of Buddhism, discover the true meaning of “Zen,” explore breathtaking scenery and architecture, all with your favorite local host on this personalized tour. Step into a stunning temple built by an emperor in the 12th century. See thousands of Buddha statues displayed in a giant hall, many of which are influenced by Hinduism. There’s more to see! Join your host and tour a Shingon sect temple, acclaimed for its expertly crafted sculptures dating back to the 1100s. Hear the life story of a local savior and see the statue modeled after him. For more historic temples and landmarks, follow your favorite local to a richly decorated temple with picturesque zen gardens, dedicated to a shogun who unified Japan. Also, explore old tea houses and tranquil bamboo forests within the temple!
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Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled (Private)Full-day Tours

Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled (Private)

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Get away from the crowded tourist sites and indulge on a private tour of some of Kyoto's most enchanting spaces. In a town whose history spans over 1,300 years, there are far more than just the "Top 10" that are worth visiting! Quiet Zen gardens, high ranking shrines, a local traditional lunch, a folk art museum and 1,001 Golden Buddha statues. This experience will introduce you to a world far away from the busy tourist sites, where you will spend peaceful moments getting to know the true nature of Kyoto. Note: Depending on our pace, all of the sites on this route may not be able to be visited. If the situation arises where we have to eliminate one or more of the sites the guest will determine what is eliminated.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Classic Tourists Spots in Kyoto!Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Classic Tourists Spots in Kyoto!

Is it your first time being in Kyoto? If yes, there is no way of missing this plan! You will first visit Fushimi-inari Taisha which is famous for its red gate of the shrine since there are many of them in a row (usually there is only one gate). This is really famous a spot that almost every tourist visit, but your guide will tell you an anecdote which not many people know. You will next visit Tofukuji: which is a temple with a beautiful garden and a bridge. Relax in the beautiful garden which is like a piece of art! Sanju-Sangen-do Temple is also a must to visit for Kyoto beginners! It is famous for its long corridor and the Buddhist saints! Book your tour and become a Kyoto expert!
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Sanjusangen-do Temple hours of operation: Open daily, Mar - Oct 8am - 5pm, Nov - Mar 9am - 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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