Faces of Buddha

Immerse yourself in the history and ancient culture of Kyoto. Visit the remarkable Sanjusangendo Temple, discover the beautiful Buddhist paintings in the Kyoto National Museum, and explore the relaxing Zen gardens of the Chishakuin Temple.

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Kyoto

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit a lesser known temple that houses painted murals, said to be the best in Japan
  • See the visually spectacular Sanjusagendo
  • Discover Buddhist history and art at the Kyoto Museum
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
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  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
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Meet your guide at your hotel and take advantage of Kyoto’s efficient public transport to get to Sanjusangendo temple.
Sanjusangendo is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. In the center of the main hall, which is Japan’s longest wooden structure, sits a large, wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon flanked by 500 statues of human sized Kannon. Spreading through the room in ten orderly rows, they make for an extraordinary sight.

A quick 3 minute walk from the temple is Kyoto National Museum where you will find a collection of Buddhist paintings and sculptures from the Heian and Kamakura Period. Buddhism and Taoism were significant influences in the Heian period and Kamakura saw the introduction of the Samurai warrior, which had a profound effect on art and culture at the time.

After visiting the museum take another short walk to Chishakuin Temple, which sits at the edge of the Higashiyama mountains in a dense forest. Wander around the 20 temple halls, nestled between the trees, and discover the long history of this beautiful 16th century complex.

The temple storage houses the National Treasure murals, claimed to be the best in Japan. Painted by Tohaku Hasegawa and his disciples in the Momoyama period they depict Japan’s stunning natural landscape and flora. The paintings were originally displayed in the Daihoin room which faces the temple’s Zen garden. This garden pioneered many details of Zen aesthetics and the view from the room is spectacular. Take some time to enjoy it before heading back to your hotel with your guide.

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