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Address: 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-881-1235
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gorgeous temple not be missed in Arashiyama. We walked here after having coffee at Arabica by the river. It was very crowded, but the crowd was very civil, unlike Kyomizu Dera... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

gorgeous temple not be missed in Arashiyama. We walked here after having coffee at Arabica by the river. It was very crowded, but the crowd was very civil, unlike Kyomizu Dera. The bamboo forest adds beauty to this already gorgeous temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the big zen temples in Kyoto. Actually rated #1. Big beautiful gardens full of autumn colour with stunning lake setting for viewing from inside the temple. Inside can be quite busy, but wasn't so during our visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful and serene place. It's quiet and peaceful and feels like a million miles from the city. We spent a couple of hours wandering around the grounds. It's one of the more expensive places of its kind to get into but I'd return if I was in Kyoto again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another great example of that subdued Zen aesthetic. But the garden is achingly beautiful in autumn, with good contrast between the maples and the evergreens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were so glad we took the trip out to the east part of the city. The gardens and temple were one of our top 3 favorites. To make it better, the entire area surrounding the temple is awesome to walk around and buy food etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I didn't really expect much from Tenryuji initially, because growing up as a Buddhist, I've been to a lot of temples, and Tenryuji was "just" another temple. But this notion that it was "just" a temple quickly changed after I stepped foot inside. The temple is not really big per se, from the outside it really looked like an ordinary... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was here for Sakura blossom and this was my second visit at a different time of the year just to appreciate the maple colours. While some trees have shed their leaves already, there were still ample colours around. Definitely worth a visit both for sakura blossom and maple colours but if you time it right, I am sure you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although a tourist hotspot, and therefore busy whenever you go, I found the garden so beautiful here that I got swept up in the zen-calm despite the crowds! We were lucky to catch the start of autumn colours, but it seems this will be a beautiful garden no matter what time of year you visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tenryu-ji (Temple of the heavenly dragon) is located in the Sagano district of Kyoto. It was established in 1339 by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji in memory of the emperor Go-Daigo, who died in Yoshino following the civil war that brought the Ashikaga family to power. In 1994 this temple was designated by the United Nations as a World Cultural Heritage... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived the place was packed with people. However, it is very beautiful. You can visit both the temple and the gardens, each has a different ticket.

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