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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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Very beautiful gardens

Entered through the bamboo grove entrance, entrance fee is 500 yen (additional 100 yen to enter the temple). The temple grounds were huge, I almost got lost going to the main... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Entered through the bamboo grove entrance, entrance fee is 500 yen (additional 100 yen to enter the temple). The temple grounds were huge, I almost got lost going to the main complex. The gardens were very beautiful and well maintained, especially the landscape around the pond. A great place to stroll and feel at peace, this should not be missed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you plan a trip to the bamboo grove, this temple is right next to it and a very worthwhile stop. The gardens are very beautiful, lots of azaleas, camellias, maples. It must be stunning during spring bloom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The garden paths are extensive and there are several traditional Buddhist temple buildings. It is a working temple, so you may see monks doing their work. I was there in April when many trees were flowering. In the middle is a Buddhist restaurant with a very filling vegetarian meal. Quite delicious!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and green. Peaceful environment, perfect for a relaxing walk. Most suitable for couples and solos. The epitome of Japanese culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great temple very close to other sites. If you are at the Bamboo forest then you must do this Temple. Small fee but worth the cost. This temple lets you walk around the buildings and it gives you some appreciation for the life. It was extremely busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I repeat it "this is a must". You cannot miss this. This garden was chosen as World Heritage Site and I never have a doubt why it got selected. The zen garden is very very very beautiful. I could sit on the chair facing the garden and rest there for a long time. I felt relieved somehow when watching the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The view was so ridiculously beautiful, I had to sit for a moment to look at everything. Lush greenery and how the lake mirrors everything around it was beautiful. The temple itself has hundreds of years of history and I took my sweet time drowning in the scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A peaceful, beautiful garden setting surrounds the temple complex. Lovely to walk through slowly and admire the views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Not recognized among the top tourist attractions in Kyoto but equally as impressive, Tenryu-j temple sprawls over a large complex of gardens and shrines. The setting is very relaxing, in Arashiyama area, and the shrines and grounds conducive to meditation. While this is a popular attraction, it is not nearly as crowded as some of the better-promoted sites like the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Peaceful surrounds ~ water ~ mountains ~ white pebbles ~ wooden architectural structure ~ artistically shaped trees and beautifully maintained garden. With a fraction more in costs, entry to temple is an option. After a good walk around, sit still and take it all in. Time to reflect and rebalance and you will journey on a happier person.

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.