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Sanjusangen-do (Sanjusangen Hall)

Sanjusangen-do (Sanjusangen Hall) Review

One of Kyoto's most awe-inspiring spectacles, this 400-foot-long hall holds 1,000 golden statues of the many-limbed Kannon. Enthroned in the center of the hall is a 6-foot-tall version of the deity that was carved by Tankei, a sculptor of the Kamakura period (1192–1333). In the corridor behind are the 28 guardian deities who protect the Buddhist universe. Notice the frivolous-faced Garuda, a bird that feeds on dragons. In the back of the hall are explanations of the significance of Kannon's various poses. A short bus ride from Kyoto Station, take Bus 206, 208, or 100 to the Sanjusangen-do-mae stop. The temple is to the south, beyond the Hyatt Regency.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 657 Sanjusangen-do Mawari-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto, 605-0941 | Map It
  • Cost: ¥600
  • Hours: Apr.–mid-Nov., daily 8–5; mid-Nov.–Mar., daily 9–4
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  • Location: Eastern Kyoto
Updated: 09-20-2013

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