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Sanjusangendo

Area

East




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It is Japan's longest wooden building spanning 118 meters. This temple is run by the Hyoho-in, which is part of the Tendai school of Buddhism. Housed in the center, the 1000 armed Kannon diety of Mercy stands 6 feet tall, sculpted by the famous Kamakura sculptor Tankei and is considered a Japanese National Treasure.


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The longest wooden building in the world at a length of 118 meters, Sanjusangendo (Rengeo-in) was originally built by Taira no Kiyamori for retired emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1164 and dedicated to Kannon. The temple features a huge hall containing 1,001 figures of Kannon carved in the 12th and 13th centuries which must be one of the most impressive assemblies of statues in the world as well. The main image is of a seated Kannon bodhisattva. The effect is multiplied by the thousand standing statues of Kannon which fill the rest of the hall: like soldiers of compassion they stand, flanking the main image in fifty columns, each ten rows deep. The temple name literally means Hall with thirty three spaces between columns, describing the architecture of the long main hall. One hundred and twenty-four of these statues were saved from the fire which claimed the original temple in 1249, and date from the temple's founding in 1164. Taira no Kiyomori completed the temple under order of Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1164. After the temple complex suffered the fire in 1249 and only the main hall was rebuilt in 1266. Photography is not allowed within the temple because it is forbidden to take images of the temple deities.


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Temples

Sanjusangendo

Area

East

Open

8:00am to
5:00pm

Admission

600 Yen
Highschool & Jr. Highschool: 400 Yen / Elementary: 300 Yen

Address

657 Mawari-cho Sanjusangendo Higashiyama-ku

Tel No.

+81-75-525-0033

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