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Tenryuji Temple

68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8385, Japan
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Ranked #32 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We went here with the intention of walking through the tall stands of bamboo. Finding what we believed was the entrance we paid our entry fee and followed the paths through the gardens which were nice but not what we were here for. The temples in the area were well presented and we were lucky enough to be there while... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

There are two reasons to visit Tenryuji: the ceiling painting of a dragon and the gorgeous landscape garden. On the ceiling of the dharma hall (hatto) there is a modern cloud dragon painting that was completed in 1997. No matter where you stand in the room, the dragon appears to stare directly at you. It's very cool. Photos are not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Beautiful beautiful grounds, you just to get see the outside of the temple, but I find it more to my liking than the Kinkakuji Temple. Simple yet very elegant, wonderful garden grounds, very Japanese, very Zen , so beautiful in springtime when we visited when all te cherry trees are abloom. And the added bonus, the temple exit leads you... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We took taxi from Ryoanji Temple ($20). It is a beautiful compound and is right next to bamboo forest and the moon crossed bridge. We first visited the moon crossed bridge first and proceeded to the temple which will lead to bamboo forest. The whole tour is about half day. We took time to enjoy Arashiyama and very happy to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

And the bathroom in the main building (I don't know what it's called, but it's the one that costs 100 yen to enter) is an experience. You'll know what I mean when you see it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Nice walk around the temple, especially the garden. Beautiful landscape and really worth the enterance fee.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

While this wooden temple and garden is similar to many others in the area, it is unique in that you can dine within the gates of the complex. Tasty vegan meals prepared by monks are served in a beautiful garden setting. Come for lunch, stay for the gardens and temple. The restaurant is called Shigetsu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Once you pass the flowery part of the temple, you are greeted with the most beautiful view of a lake. Its a small lake but because it overlooks the beautiful flowers and sakura, it truly is a sight to behold. Its such a picturesque spot that s number of artist sits there hours just to draw out the view. This... More

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