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Its official name is “Renge Ou In” but it is called Sanjusangen-Do, since there are 33 spaces between the long stretch of pillars located in the main building from north to south. It is also based on the fact that the Goddess Kannon Bosatsu can transform into 33 forms in order to help people. In the long, main building that is 16 meters high, 22 meters wide and 120 meters long from north to south, holds many amazing statues of Buddha including 1,000 statues of Senju Kannon designated as important cultural properties, of which no two statues are alike, seated figure of Senju Kannon, a national treasure, Nijuhachi-bushu, the 28 guardians for Senju Kannon, and Fujin and Raijin, gods of wind and thunder.
- 657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- By Public Transport: 5-min bus ride(No. 206 Kyoto Municipal Bus) from JR Kyoto Station, followed by a minute walk from Sanjusange-do bus stop; 5-min walk from Shichijo Station on Keihan Electric Railway By Car: 15 minutes, 5 km from Kyoto Higashi Interchange on Meishin Kousoku Highway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- 600 yen
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Seated figure of Senju Kannon
The seated figure in the center surrounded by a thousand Buddhas is the national treasure, Senju Kannon Zazou. The lacquered statue is covered with gold leaf and the height is three meters. It is a typical statue of Senju Kannon which has 42 hands representing a thousand.
Sentai Senju Kannon Ryuzo, thousand figures of Senju Kannon
Literary one thousand life-sized Buddhas each with a unique look are lined up on a 10-step platform. Each Buddhas has 11 faces on their heads, and 40 arms on both sides of their body. It is said you can find a face that looks like you, or of someone who you would want to see.
Statues of Fujin and Raijin
Statues that are enshrined in front of Sentai Senju Kannon Ryuzo are Fujin (god of wind) and Raijin (god of thunder), which are national treasures. Originally, they are from a sacred Indian book but the masterpieces here are what created the image of the Japanese Fujin and Raijin. The huge figures with dynamic, expresses faces attract people into their world.