Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂) is named for the 33 bays between the pillars housing 1001 statues. The statues are made of cyprus and painted gold, all standing in a prayerful pose.
However, there are a few “guardian” statues representing various deities: mostly nasty, angry looking warrior-types aggressively defiant and menacing in their stances.
In the centre, flanked by the 1000 smaller statues is a single large one below which a Buddhist monk performs a prayer ritual.
Unfortunately no photography is permitted inside the temple.
Outside, a pleasant walkway meanders around the grounds.
Sadly, it appears even a holy place such as this is easily infiltrated by commercialism.