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.
Sep 11, 2006
Definitely worth a see, although no photos allowed. The length of the hall with the buddhas is inspiring. Make sure that you read the history of the arrow contests held on the grounds over the centuries that are described in the back of the hall - very interesting.