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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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Nice Temple with a Zen Garden

The temple has a Zen Garden. The colours of the autumn leaves brings out the beauty of the garden. There are many types of plants and it is a nice walk round the temple. However... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The temple has a Zen Garden. The colours of the autumn leaves brings out the beauty of the garden. There are many types of plants and it is a nice walk round the temple. However we were unable to enter the main building after walking round it. We finally found the back entrance leading to the bamboo forest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent temple to visit with great gardens to relax and meditate. The temple houses the famous dragon painting and nearby is the dragon on the ceiling that you should also visit. The entry to the temple also includes the pass to visit the gardens, so would recommend doing both.

Thank Lew88
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We wandered through this garden on our way to the bamboo forest and I am really glad we did. It is just such a relaxing mixture of trees, shrubs and Japanese maples all looking splendid at this time of year with a beautiful raked garden near the entrance. The garden layout is outstanding and has a really nice hill to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The temple is like what many others have said - beautiful with a gorgeous surrounding garden, but crazy busy. Despite this I would still recommend it and the short trip up to the bamboo grove behind it. The views are fantastic even if shared by many others alongside you.

Thank Amna S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a big temple, beautiful scenery, i would say crowded, but totally worth it. stay there for a half an hour in your own pace and then head for the bamboo tree and the near by paths into the mountain with remarkable views from the river that goes through the valley.

Thank Γιάννης Π
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must visit when in Arashiyama, opens rather early, go early to get the peace you deserve! Nice place to sit and marvel at bamboo groove!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Doesn't offer anything that is not available at other more impressive temples and gardens elsewhere in Kyoto (e.g. Kinkaku-ji Chion-in, Eikan-do, or Ginkaku-ji). Very busy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are exhausted from the hoards at Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, come here for a breath of fresh air and see as well, the famous bamboo forest which adjoins this temple. Best is a small temple up the road called Jojakkyo, which takes you up to a splendid view of the city through a mossy garden and maples.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to this temple a few times now, in Spring with the Cherry blossoms and in Autumn with all the trees turning magnificent colours. There is so much to see and the whole area is a wonderful day out. Lots of people though. It is so peaceful just sitting and taking in the history of the temple and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for the bamboo grooves. It was marvelous. I'm not really a nature lover but I'm glad I took the effort to go there. The bamboo grooves ground is free to visit. But the temple ground is not. Tips. Go there early in the morning. Exit from the train station, follow the sign for arashiyama bamboo groove. Snap as... More 

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