Sanjusan Gendo goshuin– Sanjusangendo– 三十三間堂 –
Kyoto (京都) – June 17, 2017

Sanjusangendo is a 120 meter long temple in Kyoto that was built in 1164. Why is it so long? Because inside it has 1001 statues of Kannon. They’re all a bit taller than an adult man. In the middle of the building sits a large and intricate statue of Kannon.

Sanjusangendo means “33 Spaces,” referring to the 33 spaces that between the columns in the building. It is the longest wooden building in Japan.

It is located in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. I was staying at Hotel Tozankaku for an iaido taikai and decided to check out some of the nearby temples and shrines with one of my iaido friends from America. Sadly, photos and video were strictly forbidden so I couldn’t take photos of the inside.

This goshuin is in my Inuyama Castle Goshuincho.



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