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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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Rengeō-in (Sanjūsangen-dō) Temple

Visited this place two days before Christmas. The place doesn't allow you to take pictures inside the temple but you can walk around the temple and take a few snaps. Inside, you can see the statues lined up and the image of Kannon in the middle. It's really amazing so I recommend you to visit it. The entrance fee for adults is ¥600 while children is ¥300

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.

Amazing place. To see so many Buddha statues in one place is breathtaking. It is a very sacred place. Highly recommend. They do not accept cards. Make sure you have cash to buy souvenirs or light a candle.



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