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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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Divaker V Vittal @divaker01 - 2019-01-15
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Faine Greenwood @faineg - 2018-12-26
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MACHIYA JAPAN @Machiya_Japan - 2018-12-26
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Rachel Tham Chin Xin @racheltcx - 2018-12-22
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Crystal Hefner @crystalhefner - 2018-10-26
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Mel McLeod @mel_mcleod - 2018-10-07
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Japan In Image @Japan_In_Image - 2018-08-23
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Japan Embassy Canada @JapaninCanada - 2018-06-27
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