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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5.02 weeks ago

If you want an excellent Japanese vegan meal, look no further. An easy commute from Kyoto via train and then a short walk to the temple. Please, please make a reservation online before you go. Mandatory. You don't pay anything when booking but you have to get a spot. A really delicious meal with a healthy dose of Japanese hospitality. When you get to the temple, you need to buy a ticket for temple+garden or just garden. Get the garden only option. It's a great walk which leads into the bamboo forest. A must visit place in Japan. Pricey but well worth it.

5.0a month ago

When I was a child my parents bought me a book about Japanese gardens because I have always loved Japan. Many photos in that book were taken in this temple garden. I recognised the scenery and felt at home immediately. It’s simply stunning! A place not to be missed in Kyoto, with beautiful buildings, art and gardens. Moreover, the gardens feature not only maple trees but azalea and many other flowers so it’s a great place to visit all year round, not only in early spring and autumn like other popular spots in the city

5.0a month ago

Beautiful temple with amazing Zen garden. Could actually just sit here and watch for hours. The garden is a masterclass in well-kept grounds and it's an easy stroll, accessible to all ages. Depending on how long you want to sit at the garden, I'd leave 60-90 minutes for visiting here.

4.0a month ago

A very seems environment and the perfect way to lead into the bamboo grove forest . Amazing gardens and overall a very peaceful experience. Could have been better with some English history about the temple so some cultural objects would make sense to tourists. Read some stuff about it before going to the actual location for a better planning.

4.02 weeks ago

Outside is completely covered for renovations currently. Oct 21st 2019.

But it's an iconic location with lots of history. A couples shrine area towards the back to buy charms for love and such.

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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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