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Main Hall of Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple in Kyoto (Photo: twoKim studio /

Sanjusangendo, officially called Rengeō-in, is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. The temple’s main hall is famous for housing 1,001 statues of Senju Kannon (1,000-armed Kannon), the goddess of mercy. Taira no Kiyamori built the temple in 1164 as a retirement palace for Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Years later, the structure burned down but was reconstructed in 1266. The name Sanjusangendo translates to “a hall with 33 spaces between columns'' and refers to the number of intervals between the temple’s support columns.



657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0941 (Directions)


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Monday 9:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 16:00
Thursday 9:00 - 16:00
Friday 9:00 - 16:00
Saturday 9:00 - 16:00
Sunday 9:00 - 16:00
Holidays 9:00 - 16:00

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Sanjusangendo is about a 7-minute walk from Shichijo Station, and a 20-minute walk from Kyoto Station. For easy access, visitors can take a 10-minute bus ride via buses 100, 206, or 208 from Kyoto Station to Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo mae bus stop, which is located directly next to the temple.

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