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Tenryuji Temple

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Address: 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 758811235
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Paradise on earth

Tenryuji Temple is heaven on earth! It would have been a perfect paradisiacal experience if not for the high number of tourist milling about. The garden is just the perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tenryuji Temple is heaven on earth! It would have been a perfect paradisiacal experience if not for the high number of tourist milling about. The garden is just the perfect setting to sit down and meditate on life. Alas, too many people. But it is still worth a visit! Highly recommended.

Thank bleah8
Singapore, Singapore
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the largest and most impressive Zen temple in Arashiyama. You have to take out your shoes in order to go into the temple area. The garden is beautiful and serene, a great place to slow down and enjoy the surrounding.

Thank PhuaHK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited during Oct 2015 (group of 7, inc 2 kiddos) The 'Goods': - Location; it is within walking distance to JR Saga-Arashiyama Station (was using JR pass to get around during my trip); it is roughly about a 10-15 minutes walk to Tenryuji Temple, though along the way, there are plenty of shops for snacks/souvenir to see along the road... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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117 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple consists of two parts, the temple itself and the gardens. The garden itself is very pristine and beautiful. There are a few seating areas to enjoy the tranquil scenery. If you are visiting Arashiyama (the bamboo forest) you will most likely stumble upon this temple and for a small fee it is worth it. Photos cannot even describe... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the whole day in this area, catching the train from Kyoto to Arashiyama. The stroll to the Bamboo walk was pleasant and lovely and you can take as much time as you wanted too dawdling as you walked towards this area. After the Bamboo walk this spot is less that 800m away, with a small fee you get... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful traditional Shrine, however not very much different from other Shrine.. Think it will be more beautiful during summer and autmn..

Thank PriscilliaNg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had seen numerous gorgeous/beautiful(fill in your positive superlative) photos of this temple and had extremely high expectations. However, it rained the day we went there and most of the autumn leaves had fallen off the trees. It was still lovely. It had a different feel, but I am looking forward to going back again soon, with hopefully better weather.

Thank jade_du
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great destination when visiting Arashiyama, and can easily be combined with a visit of the Bamboo Grove. The temple and the adjoining garden have separate entrances, but you can buy a combined ticket giving access to both - and you should visit both. The temple is very peaceful - not as photogenic as Kikakuji but nice. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can choose to visit either the garden or hall only, or both. In my case since I've visited Shoren-in, I think I can skip the hall and just visit the garden (although I visited both). The garden is beautiful, and leads you to the famed bamboo forest. Arashiyama is worth visiting and spend at least more than 1/2 day... More 

Thank GigiLee_mc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple has two sections of garden and temple. The garden can lead to Bamboo forest. The garden is Zen forest full of Sakura tree, recommend to visit during spring. Both sections have to pay the entrance fee.

Thank Yo K

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