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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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A great Zen Temple with beautiful garden.

Tenryuji, the head temple of the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism, is just a short walk from the Keifuku Arashiyama Station and 5-10 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Tenryuji, the head temple of the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism, is just a short walk from the Keifuku Arashiyama Station and 5-10 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama station. It has a beautiful renowned garden, which is a must see, created by the famous garden designer Muso Soseki. The famous Bamboo Grove is close from the back exit of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Let me warn you guys. There are 2 area that have to pay. 1 is temple with picture of red head. And no picture taken. This one i feel like been robbed at the day light. The other is garden which is lovely. From here you can going until the end of garden and you can go straight to path... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

there's much to see and appreciate, and one needs some advance reading to better understand its beauty. for example what does design of the pond has to do with zen ideas. we take an early train and enjoyed some serenede. but before long the temple was filled with tour groups and chaotic visitors.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

If you have seen some of the other gardens in Kyoto I recommend to skip this one as it's pretty much the same but not as nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I visited this place in the morning via bus (#11 I think). It takes about 30 minutes to get here from Shijo Street, but seems very different from the main downtown area of Kyoto. Arashiyama in general is very beautiful and picturesque, with all the greenery and flowing water. Tenryuji Temple is enhanced by the landscape. I don't think it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I am not fanatical about Japanese gardens but they do bring a sense of inner peace, a million miles from western glitz and glamour. You get a deep sense of serenity and stillness of the mind when you walk around and take in the Temple. It would probably not be the thing for families with lively kids who might be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We bought tickets for both the gardens and the temple. You will have to take off your shoes (and leave them in the main entrance area) to walk around the temple area and tatami. Definitely worth seeing the garden from the beautifully framed shoji doors and exploring the temple's craftsmanship and winding walkways. In the garden, walk around the perimeter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Beautiful and quiet in the woods and although we didn’t pay to go into the temple, their gardens were beautiful. I loved the bamboo forest next to it (which was free).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very impressed with the wooden structure, which has been maintained so well, it was built 747 years ago. The temple ground is very clean and quiet. Not many tourists there, so you can enjoy the visit, look through everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is the UNESCO designated temple ~ if you go to this temple, you will know why ~ one of the bigger temple in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, it has a beautiful pond garden, with Arashiyama mountains, facing the temple. During autumn, you will be treated with fantastic autumn foliages. Though the colors are somewhat lesser due to the... More 

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Address: 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 758811235
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Western Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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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.