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Sanjusangendo is definitely not your typical temple with green lush gardens but it is a house to 1001 Buddhist statues similar to the terra cota warriors in China. If you want to learn about Buddhism and if you only have one day then this is it. First, there are 1000 Cannon statues protected by 28 heavenly kings and also 2 Nio statues, the raijin and fujin. The long hall was originally built in the 12th century making it one of the oldest wooden structures in the world.


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Tip: the place is right across from Yogen In where you can see the 400-year old samurai blood stains on ceilings. The place is near Kyoto’s National Museum and not too far from Kyoto Station.  

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Simply amazing place to a glimpse at a moment in time with those statues. Couldn’t take any pictures inside. Pretty amazing history on each one of the Buddhist deities. Something created in the 12th century and in great condition. Bought a couple of nice souvenirs and would highly recommend to anyone in Kyoto.

This shrine should absolutely be on your must see in Kyoto list. The signs had English translations and the grounds are beautiful. Worth the entrance fee. Photos are not allowed inside the building but even the ones that I saw on google images don't do it justice. Very captivating experience. Shoes must be removed prior to entering building. We also bought a lot at the small gift shop.

This temple is amazing 😲 the hand carved wood statues covered in gold leaf, it’s probably thousands of them inside the temple. Each god featured was uniquely hand carved with a different theme. Overall, highly recommend a visit to this truly unique statues and temple.



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