2. View the sights of Kyoto
  3. Sanju-Sangen-do



In the 12th and 13th centuries, Japan had a series of wars, and people had become tired and nervous, so the retired Emperor Goshirakawa wanted clam their nerves. Then he ordered Taira-no-Kiyomori, the strongest general at that time, to build his temple in 1164. Official name of Sanju-sangen-do Temple is Rengeou-in Temple. Sanju-sangen-do literally means the “hall of 33 spaces.” It is called so because there 33 spaces between the pillars in front of the altar. The main hall is the longest building made in wood in Japan (120m). Inside the hall, there are 1001 Buddha statues called Senju-kannon (Thousand-Armed Kannon), which are surprisingly beautiful. 28 guardian statues and statues of Wind God and Thunder God are there to protect Buddha and the believers.