We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tenryuji Temple

68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8385, Japan
Improve this listing
Ranked #27 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Religious Sites
331 visitor photos
Write a Review

274 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    125
    120
    22
    5
    2
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Another one of Kyoto's World Cultural Heritage Sites. This is an extensive complex with stunning gardens and woodland. Like many temples and shrines in Kyoto this site was also ravaged by fire on numerous occasions. As a result most of the buildings date from the mid 1800s although this has been a site for a temple since the ninth century.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is an awesome attractions. Good scenery and a lot of places for side seeing. Should come during autumn and spend at least one day here. Should take the Sagano Tram. It's a wonderful experience. The walk in the bamboo grove is a fantastic journey. ♥

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairn
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The most beautiful place in Kyoto! Gardens are quite and full of hundreds species of plants from all Japan and the Asian region. Awesome sanctuary and beautiful lake full of carps. It is really an excellent destination for those who want a bit of peace, away from mass tourism.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bradford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manila, Philippines
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Prague, Czech Republic
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
33 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Southern California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philippines
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cologne
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
57 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Tenryuji Temple also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Tenryuji Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tenryuji Temple, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing