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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3.0in the last week
The small lake was the best part of the temple’s garden! The other parts of the garden were not that great. It would probably look better in the fall.
Travel Date: Mid May, Monday at 12-1pm
Popularity: Some people
5.0in the last week
Only did the garden but was able to peek into the temple. Garden was incredible and worth walking through all of the various paths and side paths. If you are into the nature aspect, I suggest you plan on exiting at the north gate, walking the bamboo path, and from there exploring some paths in the the park.
5.0a month ago
An absolutely stunning temple, beautiful scenic views and an absolutely delightful vibe there.
My only concerns were that I went on a day that was seriously very busy and it felt almost too crowded for comfort. Still go though but try and go on a quieter day. Use Google to check peak times, I didn't and I wish I did. I won't take marks off the temple because of this. The place was amazing
5.0a month ago
Beautiful place. The inside of the temple is so very peaceful and zen. The garden is picturesque and very well maintained. Worth going through the entire garden for a stroll, plenty of photo ops. Exit at north gate leads to the Bamboo grove.
3.02 weeks ago
We listed Tenryuji Temple as one of our places to see while visiting Kyoto. However, there was a entrance fee that dissuaded us from visiting. As I have mentioned in another review, with so many free places to see Shinto temples and shrines, it's hard to rationalize paying for things that you've seen in so many other places. But, the exterior buildings were quite beautiful.
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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