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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5.03 weeks 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!

5.03 weeks ago

Hesitated to pay for this but it was absolutely great. Did not go into the temple, but you could see it from the outside. The water and grand scene is magnificent and the 500 yen for the park was we'll spend. We had great weather and the leaves already start turning red isch.
Dinner in the restaurant is a MUST. Great Zen meal looked real good, best I had in Japan.

5.02 weeks ago

Really beautiful. Nice, easy walk around the temple. Not too crowded, but went earlier in the day. Only need an hour to get a good sense of the space.

4.02 weeks ago

Incredible stroll garden. We didn’t walk through the temple, but from the garden it seemed well work the additional 300 yen. Vegan restaurant is a wonderful traditional experience.

4.02 weeks ago

Don’t pay for the temple + garden access, pay for garden only!!! The temple has limited inside access - you are walking around the edge of the building mostly- and you can see the temple whilst you walk around the garden.

Aks, if you want to go to the Bamboo forest- it can be accessed easily from the North Gate of the garden- which closed at 4.30pm.

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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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