Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple

This temple is the famous site where thousands of hand-carved deities from the 13th century flank the longest wooden building in Japan.

Sanjusangendo Temple is a Japanese gem known for its multiple statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It contains the longest wooden hall in the country, where the carved figures stand. Its grounds evoke tranquility among its organized buildings. As the historic site of dueling swordsmen, archery and fires, the Sanjusangen Temple attracts both regular tourists and those with a real interest in history. This is a place to marvel at the ingenuity of Japanese sculptors from ancient times.

Walk across the main hall, which is Japan’s longest wooden structure at 395 feet (120 meters). The complex takes it name from the number of intervals between the columns supporting the long building. This is a traditional method of measuring the length of structures in Japan.

Take the afternoon to peruse the 1,001 statues of the goddess of mercy, Kannon. In the center of the great hall sits a large version of the deity, while rows of human-sized statues line the flanks. She is said to have 1,000 arms and 11 heads, although the actual figures have one head each and 42 arms. They were carved in the 13th century from cypress wood.

Discover the grounds, which include a serene pond and a well. A touch of wildlife with green trees and bushes decorate the gardens. Walk around the complex to encounter serenity and elegance.

Originally founded in 1164, the temple had to be rebuilt after fires. It is the site of a famous 17th-century duel between swordsmen. There are archery contests held at the temple.

The shrine is situated in the Higashiyama Ward in the northeast of the city, and there are many magnificent temples in the district. Take a bus to Hakubutsukan–Sanjusangendo-mae bus stop. You can get there easily from Kyoto Station on several different buses. The temple is only a few minutes on foot from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line of the subway system. The Kyoto National Museum is nearby.

Top Hotels Close to Sanjusangendo Temple

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
3 out of 5
661 Ogiya-cho, Sakaimachi-dori, Oshikoji-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-0824
The price is NT$1,022 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (177 reviews)
"三条の繁華街から道を挟んで逆側なので、静かに快適に過ごすことができました。"

Reviewed on 2022/5/10

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8237
The price is NT$2,369 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,862 reviews)
"The buffet dining was wonderful, great variety and selection of food and beverages"

Reviewed on 2022/5/14

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8216
The price is NT$2,767 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property condition ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"It was great experience to staying this hotel"

Reviewed on 2022/5/8

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Sanjusangendo Temple

Masarigusa
Dhawa Yura Kyoto
Natsume-an Machiya Residence Inn

Popular places to visit in Sanjusangendo Temple


Best Lodging Options Near Sanjusangendo Temple

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
3 out of 5
661 Ogiya-cho, Sakaimachi-dori, Oshikoji-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-0824
The price is NT$1,022 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 18
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8237
The price is NT$2,369 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8216
The price is NT$2,767 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0941
The price is NT$3,784 per night from May 22 to May 23
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station
3.5 out of 5
848, Higashi-Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8216
The price is NT$1,496 per night from May 29 to May 30
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station
The Thousand Kyoto
The Thousand Kyoto
4 out of 5
570 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8216
The price is NT$4,372 per night from May 22 to May 23
The Thousand Kyoto
JR WEST GROUP VIA INN KYOTOEKI HACHIJOGUCHI
JR WEST GROUP VIA INN KYOTOEKI HACHIJOGUCHI
3 out of 5
44-1 Higashikujo Kamitonodacho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 601-8002
The price is NT$1,463 per night from May 22 to May 23
JR WEST GROUP VIA INN KYOTOEKI HACHIJOGUCHI
Kyoto Tower Hotel
Kyoto Tower Hotel
3.5 out of 5
721-1 Higashishiokoji Karasumadori, 7 Josagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 6008216
The price is NT$2,635 per night from May 22 to May 23
Kyoto Tower Hotel
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
74 Nakajimacho,Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8004
The price is NT$1,434 per night from May 23 to May 24
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.