• Sanjusangen-do




The foundation of this Buddhist temple began in 1164 as part of the imperial villa for emperor Go-Shirakawa. It is said that a military leader, Taira no Kiyomori had a hand in its construction. The official name is said to be “Rengeoin”. The span of the main hall is 120 meters, and inside are 1001 thousand-armed Kannon statues, a national treasure said to have been hand-made by the Buddhist image maker from the Kamakura period, Tankei. Each of the 1001 standing statue’s expressions is different, and enshrined at both ends of the building are sculptures of Fujin and Raijin and the Nijuhachibushu (28 attendants of Senju Kannon). All are national treasures. The main southern gate is where the old south gate of Houkouji, built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, used to stand.

Location Information

  • Address

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

  • Nearest Station
    Shichijo Station
    ・ Keihan Line
    7 minutes on foot
  • Phone Number
    Available languages
    only in Japanese
  • Hours
    8:00am - 4:30pm
    *Open from 9:00 to 15:30 from November 16 to March
  • Closed
Original source: ©Shobunsha Publications Inc.

Recommended Spots in Area

  • Visiting
  • Eating
  • Shopping
  • Lodgings
※ The above information was correct at the time of updating, but there may be changes to actual prices. Please confirm the current prices when visiting.