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Sanjusangen-do (Rengeo-in Temple)

Travel Guide - Sanjusangen-do (Rengeo-in Temple)

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Rengeo-in Temple was originally built by Taira-no-Kiyomori in 1164 under the order of Emperor Go-Shirakawa. After it burnt down by fire in 1249, only a faithful copy of its Hondo main hall was reconstructed in 1266. Then the hall became known as "Sanjusangen-do" because there are 33 spaces between the pillars of this long building ("Sanjusan" means thirty three in Japanese). Inside the hall are 1,001 statues of Senju Kannon, or Thousand-Armed Goddess of Mercy, lined up in rows. The faces of the statues are all different.
At the back of Sanjusangen-do are 28 guardian statues which guard the Senju Kannon and its believers. There are also statues of Fujin (Wind God) and Raijin (Thunder God), which are both designated as National Treasures of Japan. The gallery at the western side of the hall is famous for the annual Toshi-ya ceremony, held in the middle of January. The traditional ceremony dates back to the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) when an annual contest was held to see how many arrows could be shot from the southern end to the northern end in 24 hours. Today the ceremony is held under the rules of Kyudo (Japanese art of archery), and archers shoot at a target 60 meters away.
Sanjusangen-do is also known as the place of the duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Yoshioka Denshichiro, which is described in the novel "Musashi" written by Yoshikawa Eiji.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:00 - 16:30 *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • 9:00 - 15:30 (November 16 - March 31) *admission until 30 minutes before closing

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 600 yen (General, Adult)
  • 400 yen (Student)
  • 300 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • Take the #206 bus from JR Kyoto Station and get off at Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangendo Bus stop (5 minutes bus ride)
  • 5 minutes walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 657, Sanjusangendomawaricho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0941

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Kaiytlyn @Kaiytlynnn - 2019-08-07
Didn’t know you weren’t aloud to wear shoes in Japanese temples... on a completely unrelated note not aloud at Sanjūsangen-dō temple anymore
Kaiytlyn @Kaiytlynnn - 2019-08-07
Didn’t know you weren’t aloud to wear shoes in Japanese temples... on a completely unrelated note not aloud at Sanjūsangen-dō temple anymore
MACHIYA JAPAN @Machiya_Japan - 2019-07-10
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Graham Stark @Graham_LRR - 2019-06-05
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Haitani @Haitani - 2019-05-31
Sanjūsangen-dō! (Google it!! Photos inside are not allowed)
An over 800 year old, 120 meter long temple, full of st… https://t.co/yuSQDG2Qze
Midori7df (Diana) @Midori7df - 2019-05-21
📷 gacougnol: Sean Perry Pine of the temple grounds of Sanjusangen-do Hall of the Lotus King Japan https://t.co/z5aeujDnWO
Jim MacMillan @JimMacMillan - 2019-05-11
Greetings from Kyoto, once the capital of Japan. Yesterday we saw the 1,001 Buddhist statues at the Sanjūsangen-dō… https://t.co/4TMCRYirY8
Jim MacMillan @JimMacMillan - 2019-05-11
Greetings from Kyoto, once the capital of Japan. Yesterday we saw the 1,001 Buddhist statues at the Sanjūsangen-dō… https://t.co/4TMCRYirY8
Jim MacMillan @JimMacMillan - 2019-05-11
Greetings from Kyoto, once the capital of Japan. Yesterday we saw the 1,001 Buddhist statues at the Sanjūsangen-dō… https://t.co/4TMCRYirY8
Jim MacMillan @JimMacMillan - 2019-05-11
Greetings from Kyoto, once the capital of Japan. Yesterday we saw the 1,001 Buddhist statues at the Sanjūsangen-dō… https://t.co/4TMCRYirY8
Chu lan @beyourselfchula - 2019-05-07
📷 gacougnol: Sean Perry Pine of the temple grounds of Sanjusangen-do Hall of the Lotus King Japan https://t.co/JAV3gmSISd
Omega Academy @OmegaAcademyFL - 2019-04-21
#ooc this was my first day in Kyoto, Sanjūsangen-dō, a Buddhist temple with 1000 statues of Kannon.

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Sarah Tyler @readlearngrow14 - 2019-04-20
In Japan, being barefoot is considered unsophisticated, so hotels provide guests with room slippers. At some restau… https://t.co/uH9EPwu1C8
Arya Bloodclart Stark @Shortest_Stuff - 2019-04-05
Sanjūsangen-dō Temple
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Poss-Con Depression ❅ @GhostPoss - 2019-03-07
@Marcellow1 For Tokyo, Akihabara for all your pop-culture needs. Stop by Harajuku for all your fashion needs. Near… https://t.co/XE4OflWzK9
✖︎ Poss Malone ✖︎ @GhostPoss - 2019-03-07
@Marcellow1 For Tokyo, Akihabara for all your pop-culture needs. Stop by Harajuku for all your fashion needs. Near… https://t.co/XE4OflWzK9
MACHIYA JAPAN @Machiya_Japan - 2019-03-05
Zanmai-an
三昧庵

Sanjusangen-do, a buddhist temple located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, was built in 1164. T… https://t.co/DUF89MfADs
Taya, Who Smiles at Life @tayatrancends - 2019-02-13
Kyoto tour stop 2. Sanjusangen-do temple with 1001 statues of Kannon. Was absolutely beautiful, but no pictures we… https://t.co/5RiF8M28Za
Divaker V Vittal @divaker01 - 2019-01-15
15/Jan/2019 #HappyPongal2019
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Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto
1,000 archers line up to shoot arrows at a dist… https://t.co/3XmBZXl9A5
Cynthia Vance @cynthiavance - 2019-01-06
@AngieOverkill Oooo.... Todaiji Temple in Nara. Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto. Chinatown/Minato-MIrai in Yokohama. Meiji… https://t.co/eN3784FTGE
Faine Greenwood @faineg - 2018-12-26
We tried to see the Kyoto National Museum but it was shut for the holiday, so we went to the Sanjūsangen-dō temple,… https://t.co/zLMIWalH2J
MACHIYA JAPAN @Machiya_Japan - 2018-12-26
Zanmai-an
三昧庵

Sanjusangen-do, a buddhist temple located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, was built in 1164. T… https://t.co/l1c0v8wug4
Rachel Tham Chin Xin @racheltcx - 2018-12-22
21st Dec 2018 - More UNESCO World Heritage sites! Tenryu-ji temple (天龙寺) and Sanjusangen-do (三十三间堂) . God created a… https://t.co/GhtgxoZkVn
Thanh Truong @thanh412 - 2018-12-14
Sanjusangen-do, this temple was simply awe inspiring. #Kyoto https://t.co/qBdktPW0E6
Catch Japan @catchjapan - 2018-12-10
Sanjusangen-do Temple (三十三間堂) in Kyoto. We can not take pictures inside, though it contains life-size standing stat… https://t.co/k5XDcQY2TD
KyotoHanaHostel 京都花宿 @HostelKyoto - 2018-12-05
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Wife in Blue Yonder @Wife_BlueYonder - 2018-11-24
How do you get a picture of the longest wooden structure in the world? It's a shame we couldn't take pictures insid… https://t.co/gkOEoxffJD
Wife in Blue Yonder @Wife_BlueYonder - 2018-11-24
The #zen garden and pond at the Sanjusangen-do Temple. #millersinjapan .
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alan caudillo @iamslamo - 2018-10-30
Just catching flies and watching the tourists enter the temple. #spider #japan #cinematographer @ Sanjūsangen-dō https://t.co/pkARxUK7Gs
Crystal Hefner @crystalhefner - 2018-10-26
The Sanjūsangen-dō temple behind me is a Buddhist temple housing one thousand life-size statues of the Senju Kannon… https://t.co/Xa92pQcoPt

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