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Tenryuji Temple

68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8385, Japan
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Ranked #27 of 372 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This is a good place to visit. It was pretty busy when we visited but still quite peaceful. The gardens are stunning and the north exit leads to the bamboo garden. Wow! Incredible to walk out this exit and back thru the park down to the river.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

One of the most beautiful zen gardens and temples you can find. You can come here to just find some quiet, get a glimpse of Japanese culture, or simply enjoy a beautiful sight. It's cool even during these warm days, and the garden is very relaxing, specially around the pond in the middle. It's close enough to Kyoto (25 minutes... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I went there 3 times already (once in summer and twice in autumn) and I am always amazed how cool the zen garden is. Although I would not say it is quiet, there were lots of people on each visit, but it is still very nice place to stroll (people gather around central pond, rest of the garden is pretty... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We'd done the Monkey Park, Arashiyama, and were walking through the Bamboo Forest when we saw a sign pointing to Tenryuji Temple. To be totally honest, the last thing I wanted was to see another temple; we were dangerously close to "Temple blindness." Luckily, we pushed through and of course it was lovely. Beautiful grounds, really lovely interior. It started... More

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Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is in a quiet part of Kyoto. I like it for that reason. The gardens are probably best in the fall with colorful foliage. During the summer, the lotus pond is impressive and some cherry blossoms in spring. The ceiling with the temple's namesake dragon is on display on weekends during the summer when we went but most days... More

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We got the JR Sagamo Line to Saga Arashiyama from JR Kyoto using our JR Passes, it took about 15 minutes. We headed out from the station and walked to Tenryū-ji temple before entering the bamboo forest (reviewed separately) from the temple and walked back to the JR station. Entrance fee was ¥500 each for entry to the gardens alone.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The place is definitely nice and worth going but Kyoto offers so many outstanding sights that it is just hard for this one to stand out. The bamboo forest most tourists are looking for is actually outside the temple garden and absolutely free.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Since most people visit sagano/arashiyama for the bamboo groves or the riverside views. It only makes sense this also on most people's to-see list as well. And for good reason. It has some nice gardens and also specifies of flowers and plants for viewing (nicely labelled in English as well). When I was there, it so happened they had a... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The gardens are some of the best in Kyoto. The temple itself isn't as impressive, but it's definitely worth it to go just to see the gardens. I also ate the lunch there once years ago with my wife and it was one of the best meals we've ever had. It's expensive but worth it.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

GETTING THERE: Take a train from Kyoto to Saga-Arashiyama Station, and walk from there. It's maybe a 10-minute walk? THINGS TO DO: The thing I was really there for was the bamboo grove. It's outside the temple, so you don't have to pay for it. It is really, really beautiful. But it's disappointingly short, and in all likelihood, it will... More

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