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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5.0in the last week

This place is very calm and serene. We went here when walking through the bamboo forest. It has vegetarian lunch option during lunch hours. Temple has huge park with beautiful trees. Lots of photo opportunity or just to enjoy nature.

4.03 weeks ago

Really nice place to visit on your trip through the Bamboo Grove. Minus 1 star because the price is fairly steep if you're traveling with multiple people. Budget 800 yen each to see the garden and the temple. You can upgrade your garden ticket (500 yen) to a temple ticket at the end of the garden by paying the difference (+300 yen).

Some nice views and nice pictures - I could see this being a very beautiful area while the cherry blossoms are blooming. As of now (last week of February) they appear to have started.

I would 5-star it at 400-500 yen total for the garden and temple per person.

5.0in the last week

Loved it. A peaceful walk through the bamboo forest takes you to an impressive complex of buildings set in well manicured gardens. Makes you feel like you've entered another world.

5.02 weeks ago

Beautiful temple and views at this temple - I loved seeing the temple itself and all of the gardens around. Well worth the entry fee... hit up one of the natural spring bath houses close by.

5.02 months ago

Tenryuji temple was beautiful. There's a fee to visit the grounds at 500yen for the garden and 300yen for the temple. We opted to go through both and we were not disappointed. Before reviewing further, I would recommend that the place be visited during the fall when all the trees still have their autumn color leaves. We visited in late December and while the place was still beautiful, all the trees looked dead. The temple requires you to remove your shoes and had I known that before buying my temple ticket I would not have proceeded. The ground was very cold, but they do make an effort to warm it up a bit by placing mats everywhere. I highly recommend this temple and would definitely go again during autumn.

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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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