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

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5.04 months ago

Easily one of my favorite spots in Kyoto. After walking around the surrounding area and the famed bamboo grove, we stopped here to take a rest but it turned out to so much more than that. We ended up spending a good while at this temple … just soaking in the breathtaking autumn foliage and the tranquil atmosphere. There was a serenity to this place that really made me feel like I was at home and at peace.

4.0in the last week

Beautiful Buddhist temple with tranquil garden to relax in.
Entry cost was under $5 and well worth the cost.
If you're visiting the Arashiyama outskirts of Kyoto, take the time to visit.
Recommendation: visiting in mid-autumn or during the Sakura season in April will yield the most colorful experience with the cherry blossoms or changing color of the leaves throughout November-early December.

4.0a month ago

The garden is very pretty, but of course also extremely popular = crowded. Walking around the temple was nice, but not a total must if you're pondering the additional 300 yen.

5.0a month ago

Must see in Kyoto! This was by far my favorite place for watching the autumn foliage 🍁.

You can pay to enter either the temple or the garden. The temple I thought was not that spectacular, but the gardens were memorable.

5.02 weeks ago

Tranquil setting and relaxing to stroll around. Gives you the peace of mind you need away from the bustling city life.

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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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