Updated: February 01, 2019
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Tenryuji Temple In Kyoto, A Must-Visit Zen Temple In Arashiyama

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Tenryuji Temple in Kyoto is one of the most stunning places in the old capital. Here is information about this Heinan Era site of scenic beauty.

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Tenryuji Temple

There are so many temples and shrines in Kyoto that it's difficult to decide which one to visit when your time is limited. Tenryuji Temple should be near the top of your list! It has arguably one of the most beautiful and peaceful temple grounds in Kyoto, and the Heina Era temple and its premises are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picture above is the Kuri, one of the main buildings of the grounds.
The temple grounds are vast and contain numerous ancient buildings and special natural features, one of them being the Sogen Pond Garden which was designed seven centuries ago and has kept its original layout. According to zen landscaping tradition, the landscaping was made to bring out the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. You can best appreciate this garden by strolling around the pond and admiring the view from different standpoints.


March 21 to October 20: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
October 21 to March 20: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Garden only: ¥500, ¥300 for middle and elementary school children, free for preschool children.
Garden and buildings: ¥300 additioninal


Located a 5-minute walk from the Arashiyama station of the Keifuku Dentetsu Arashiyama Line

Location: 68 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

While There

There are many good restaurants in the Arashiyama area so if you're looking for a place to eat, check out the link below.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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