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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4.0a month ago

A beautiful garden in the midst of hills, lush with myriad colored leaves and trees. A small but yet tranquil lake, besides the temple. Very serene atmosphere...
One need to pay to go inside the temple. Just a small temple and walk shoeles on the wooden floors. Therein, were the many ornaments and relics.
Generally, a nice place to visit.

5.0a month ago

Beautiful gardens. You can pay extra to walk around the temple and you'll take your shoes off immediately behind the ticket counter. If you're busy, skip this part and just pay to walk the grounds. When you're done, you exit out the back right of the area and to your left will be the bamboo forest. It's a short maybe 100m walk through the forest, then turn back towards town to get on the JR train.

4.03 weeks ago

It was a nice experience, many people rent Kimonos to take photos in. There are many small little shops to buy snacks or small gifts. Google Maps somehow found a back entrance for my family and I. We had to walk through this cemetary. It was a strange experience

5.0a week ago

This temple has a spectacular water garden as well as a stone garden. It is worth buying a ticket to walk around the gardens. There are many small shrines around this site.

5.02 months 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 we'll worth it.

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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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