World Heritage: Tenryuji Temple4.7
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 weeks ago
More beautiful than the bamboo forest itself. There's a place to sit where you can enjoy the zen gardens & pond in absolute serenity. Possibly the best visit out of the 8 temples I went to.
The pathway to the temple has a beautiful mountain backdrop. The whole experience was truly marvelous. You don't need to wait for sakura season as many flowers here bloom before that as well.
4.03 weeks ago
Such a beautiful temple. I would recommend paying that little more to walk around in the temple. The garden section was also very beautiful. The bamboo grove is okay but this is really the gem. My favourite temple I. Kyoto because it's so peaceful. A must visit.
5.03 weeks ago
A beautiful temple with a stunning garden. Entry is ¥500 to just the garden, however this is well worth the cost. The garden is beautiful and has flowers plants all year round. The garden has massive weeping cherries, multiple stone fruit trees that flower beautifully and a large pond which is lovely to sit and peacefully watch. Well worth a visit.
4.02 weeks ago
Have not gone inside or into the garden, probably not so interesting in February. I have heard it is possible to walk trough the garden and and up near the bamboo forest. On the way to the Temple from the nearby bridge, there are a lot of pretty restaurants with local food, interesting building to see.
5.02 months ago
Loved this temple, one of the most beautiful temple sites I was at in Kyoto, other then the Golden Temple, but both very unique in their own way. Tenryuji Temple is more Zen Buddhist, and the Golden Temple is more Buddhist. You will find the Japanese people have Zen, Buddhism, and Shinto Temple's blending cultures, but each and all are beautiful in their own way.
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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.Read moreClose