Tenryuji Temple

Sightseeing information about Tenryuji Temple in Japan.

World Heritage: Tenryuji Temple4.7

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This Zen temple in the Arashiyama district has one of the most fascinating stroll gardens in Kyoto. The landscape garden, with its background of the nearby mountains, is a good example of borrowed scenery. A cluster of rocks arranged near the pond suggest a 'dry' cascade, providing a model for similar gardens in other Zen temples.

Another highlight is the Cloud Dragon painting on the ceiling in a temple hall. A huge dragon swirls in the clouds and glares down at the people in the room. No matter where you stand, the dragon is looking straight at you! It is worth the admission.

Purposeelderly,surreal&cool,world heritage,women,family,first time in Japan,cherry blossom viewing,men,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing,major
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4.0in the last week

United Nations Heritage monument. The gardens are sublimes. You can exit and visit the bamboo forest in one end. It can however be crowded so try to come in early (same as for the Bamboo forest).

5.03 weeks ago

You can spend a whole day in the area. The gardens are the best in Kyoto. Exit the temple gardens where you see bamboo and make a left to enter the bamboo forest. The area shops have fair prices and the monkey park is 12 minute walk from the temple.

4.04 weeks ago

A nice temple that you can pay for a walk through the garden, temple, or both. Very cheap for whatever option you choose. The zen garden is where most people will stop and take pictures, but going inside the temple and walking the corridors while viewing the garden is the fullest experience. The exit of this place leads to the Bamboo Forest which is A MUST SEE AND IS FREE. It's a short walk, but take in everything as you go through.

5.02 weeks ago

A great place just to sit a while and ponder life. It is very popular so be ready for lots of visitors taking snap shots, but if your not in a tour group just hang around in the temple on the mats (shoes off is required) you leave them on a shelf at the front and listen to the swallows singing while making there nests in the eves.

5.02 months ago

Pretty temple with a distinctive and pretty garden. The temple buildings have lots of pretty and interesting views onto the gardens and grounds, with small gardens between buildings. There are also lots of old and famous paintings on display. The main feature is a pond with a hill behind it that you can ree from different angles, there's also a small heavily mossy zen garden with large stones. Definitely worth a visit.

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The garden of this temple is not only worth to see because of its wonderful landscape designed in 14th century but pleasant to walk through looking at various kind of flowers and plants: cherryblossoms, Japanese roses, rhododendrons, aza...

The garden of this temple is not only worth to see because of its wonderful landscape designed in 14th century but pleasant to walk through looking at various kind of flowers and plants: cherryblossoms, Japanese roses, rhododendrons, azaleas, wisterias, peonies, hydrangeas and so on as well as beautiful colored leaves in autumn, and pretty red berries and camerias in winter. The bamboo forest is located just out of the backgate of the garden.

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