Tenryuji Temple

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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
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 32.8km) Google Transit

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5.03 weeks 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.

5.0a month ago

This place is great for red leaf seeing. I specially like the reflection of the lake. This place is big and can stay here up to 1.5 hours or more. This place is separated into garden and building. Most people will just go to garden, but I highly recommend to go into the building too. You will be astonished by the design of the house that blend perfectly with the garden. Very worth the ticket.

5.0a month ago

Very photogenic gardens! If you visit on a hot day, I recommend buying the temple & garden ticket. It's much cooler from inside the temple and you get an elevated view of the garden. Also fewer people buy the temple ticket so there's more room to move around and sit down. You'll need to be VERY patient to get shots without other tourists in it though.

4.0a month ago

Great architecture that was left behind and a temple worth visiting. You may not even need to pay to visit the inner buildings, just the gardens would be suffice. Most of the surrounding areas are very well kept and maintained. Love the serenity and zen feel to it.

5.02 months ago

You don’t necessarily need to go inside the temple since you can see it all from the garden (open building/doors). However, it’s still fun to walk through the entire temple grounds. You can sit down and enjoy the views of the pond and surrounding foliage. It’s truly stunning here and especially nice as the leaves change colour in the fall. Highly recommend 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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