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Tenryu-ji Temple (天龍寺)

The head temple of Rinzai Tenryuji Buddhsim. The temple is one of the foremost sightseeing locations in the Saga Arashiyama area. The temple was founded in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji to memorialize Emperor Go-Daigo. The temple was founded as the first of the five Kyoto Gozan premier temples and the spacious grounds encompassed over 150 sub-temples, but these were all lost in a series of later fires. The various temple buildings standing today were reconstructed in the Meiji period; the abbot’s chamber enshrines a seated figure of Gautama Buddha created in the Fujiwara period. The temple’s circular garden, built around a central pond, is a designated Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty and makes use of Mt. Arashiyama and Mt. Kameyama in the background. The garden looks the same as it did approximately 700 years ago when it was first created by Muso Kokushi.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68 (Ayashiyama / SaganoArea)

phone 0758811235
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[3/21-10/20] 8:30-17:30 (However, the north gate through the bamboo grove is Gates shut at 17:00)
[10/21-3/20] 8:30-17:00 ( However, the north gate through the bamboo grove is Gates shut)

[Special worship of the Buddhist Unryu-zu]
[3/21-10/20] 9:00-17:00
[10/21-3/20] 9:00-16:30
* Saturday Sunday Public holiday only
* Spring/Summer Buddhist vacation/Autumn special worship is every Sunday during the period

Review of Tenryuji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/09/21 Gorgeous Bamboo Grove
The walkway to the entrance of the temple runs through the highly famous, spectacular Arashiyama bamboo groves. It is the most popular, major attraction in the Arashiyama area. You can take the...
Reviewed:2020/09/05 Stunning autumn foliage
If you visit during peak foliage, the leaves are a sight to behold and you are in for a real treat. The reds and oranges almost vibrate with color.

Be aware that there are different ticket types...
Reviewed:2020/03/30 Stunning
This temple offers a two part visit. You can either do just the garden or the temple or both. I opted for both because the price wasnt much more for both. Although you can see everything, pretty...

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Address
Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatenryujisusukinobabachou 68 [map]
Area
Ayashiyama / SaganoArea
Phone
0758811235
Hours
[3/21-10/20] 8:30-17:30 (However, the north gate through the bamboo grove is Gates shut at 17:00)
[10/21-3/20] 8:30-17:00 ( However, the north gate through the bamboo grove is Gates shut)

[Special worship of the Buddhist Unryu-zu]
[3/21-10/20] 9:00-17:00
[10/21-3/20] 9:00-16:30
* Saturday Sunday Public holiday only
* Spring/Summer Buddhist vacation/Autumn special worship is every Sunday during the period
Closed
[Garden] open everyday (Worship at various temples may not be possible depending on the event)
Fees
[Garden worship fee] 500yen per person (additional 300yen for worship at various temples)
Parking Lot
Available (maximum 120 spaces)
* 1 day 1,000yen
Credit Card
Available (Worship is only Friday, however, the cost of cooking is available)
Smoking
Smoking area only Available
Wi-Fi
Available
Vegetarian Menu
Available
English Menu
Available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Average budget
[Lunch] 3,001-10,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (garden only)
* You cannot go up to the temples
Infant friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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