Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) is a completely breathtaking temple containing one thousand life-size, golden Kannon statues. This place really has to be seen to be believed, and of course photos are prohibited!

Budget travel tips

  • If you don’t have a Kyoto bus pass, you can walk here (see below).
  • Come early to avoid the tour buses.

How to get there

By bus, go to Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae on bus routes 100, 206 or 208.

To walk from Kyoto station, take the Karasuma (North) exit and you will see Kyoto Tower. Take a right turn down the main street outside the station (Shiokoji Dori) and walk down, walking over a river, until you get to Sanjusangendo Temple on the left. It takes about 20 minutes.

By train, take the Keihan Main Line to Shichijo station. It’s a short walk from here.


Opening time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Winter 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Cost: Adults 500 yen, High School Children 400 yen, Elementary age 300 yen


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.