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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3.05 months ago

Nice place but they charge money for each component of the complex. You have to pay to visit the hall to see the dragon painted on the ceiling, then they want you to pay to visit the interior of the temple, and you have to pay extra again to visit the gardens; all of which are better exemplified elsewhere in various other temples. Oh, and on top of that they have the temerity of charging ¥100 for toilet paper!

4.03 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 autumn 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.

3.04 months ago

Beautiful gardens and historical temple in the heart of Arashiyama, but is it worth the ¥800 entry price? Not really! It's way too steep and you don't even get to enter the great hall without paying an additional fee!

5.03 months ago

While the gardens are absolutely beautiful, it well worth adding the 300 yen to be able to visit the inside of the building. It offers a scenic view that makes the admission well worth it.

4.0a month ago

A very good autumn destination in Japan in Arashiyama district. There are maple trees which vibrant red colors. Unfortunately during autumn time there are many people around the temple. The best time to visit this place to see the momiji is from mid November to early December. From this temple also you can see the arashiyama hill covered with autumn colors.

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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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