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Tenryuji Temple

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Address: 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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A highlight of any Kyoto visit

The temple and gardens are spectacular. The garden's curving paths, designed at varying heights, allow constantly changing views. Plum trees were in bloom during my visit, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The temple and gardens are spectacular. The garden's curving paths, designed at varying heights, allow constantly changing views. Plum trees were in bloom during my visit, but this garden would be beautiful without a single flower. It's worth the modest extra charge (just 100 yen when I was there) to add a ticket allowing entry to some of the buildings.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The gardens to this temple are beautiful especially the lake in front of the main building. I recommend it. There is also a separate ticket for the house but I think the garden is enough and you can still see into the house.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The sogenchi garden in the grounds of the temple are amazing, one of the best examples of a Zen garden in Kyoto and a United Nations World Heritage Site.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Not too far from our hotel by taxi to this wonderful heritage site, definitely worth visiting, we were lucky, it only started to rain after we visited so we managed to have a little walk around the whole temple. The rooms inside were so gracious, the gardens immaculately well looked after. The bamboo forest quite stunning. All in all a... More 

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edinburgh, scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site so the standard is obviously high. What makes this temple so wonderful are the following: - very extensive set of temples - access to the interior of the temples - spectacular gardens - truly superb 'borrowed views' - immediately adjacent to the bamboo forest, and other excellent temples - set in a nice,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

You can access this temple while on the bamboo forest walk. The grounds of this temple are really beautiful. And the temple itself it really nice. Definitely worth it to take a look if you're walking by. You do need to pay to enter this temple but I'd say it was worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

To be frank, we really went to visit arashiyama for the beautiful bamboo forest. This temple is basically together with the bamboo forest so you naturally go through it and at the end of the temple, the gate leads to the arashiyama bamboo walk. It was a pleasant surprise and I really liked the temple. There wasn't much at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

As noted by other reviewers, absolutely beautiful, but nothing was in bloom, except a few camelias. Multiple shades of green and the different kinds of moss were beautiful. When in bloom, would be a stunning garden, but at the moment, with no flowers, just another temple and garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This temple is a must visit, it's right beside the famous Arashimyama bamboo forest. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, the history of the temple is very interesting (I would recommend people to either hire a private tour guide or bring a Kyoto Tourist book). However, try to arrive at the temple as early as possible because it quickly picks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I visited the gardens and had lunch recently at the Zen Cuisine of Tenryu-Ji. The lunch meals at Tenryu-Ji are all vegetarian and very delicious. I am not sure if all meals are served in the same manner because my colleagues had made reservations + pre-ordered, but in our case we sat in a large room with a grass mat... More 

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