Rengeo-In ~ Sanjusangen-Do

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Although its official name is Rengeo-In, this temple is also known as “Sanjusangen-Do” due to the architectural feature of thirty-three (“sanjusan” in Japanese) gaps between pillars along the main hall.
The number “thirty-three” also represents the number of manifested forms of the Bodhisattva Kannon (Guanyin).
Most of the temple’s buildings have been destroyed at least once by earthquakes or fire, but they have been painstakingly rebuilt via elaborate artisan plans.

Rengeo-In ~ Sanjusangen-Do, Main Hall
[Rengeo-In ~ Sanjusangen-Do, Main Hall]

The main feature of Sanjusangen-Do is the temple’s statue of the Thousand Armed Kannon. 1000 life-sized statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon stand organized in 10 rows around the main figure. Many tourists and sightseers visit the temple to see this.
Each and every one of the 1000 figures of the Thousand Armed Kannon has unique features. It is said that, for every person, within those statues is the face of someone that they will definitely want to meet.

Every year in January the temple hosts an event called the Ohmato Taikai. Around 2000 participants come from around the country for an arrow-shooting competition.

Basic information on Rengeo-In ~ Sanjusangen-Do

Rengeo-In ~ Sanjusangen-Do

657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
About a 5-minute walk from the Keihan Main Line’s Shichijo Station.
8 am - 5 pm (9 am - 4 pm from November 16th through March)
※Entry ends 30 minutes before closing
Open every day
Adults 600 yen. Junior high and high school students 400 yen. Children 300 yen.