Tenryu-ji Temple

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 map map Map
8:30-17:00(All year)
open everyday (however, there are some Sundays when worship is not possible due to events)
[Garden] 500yen (additional 300yen for worshiping at various halls)
*500yen for special worship at the temple 'Unryu-zu'
Parking Lot
Available (up to 120 spaces)
Credit Card
Available (Smoking Area Available)
Vegetarian Menu
English Menu
Available (pamphlet also)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 3,001-5,000yen, 5,001-10,000yen
Remarks:['Sieve Monday' Buddhist cuisine] Yuki 3,300yen, Monday 5,500yen, Hana 8,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (not allowed to visit temples)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Not available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Stunning gardens for all seasons
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.01.19
    Walking quietly through these gardens can lead you to a deep need for meditation!The gardens are incredibly intricate and I expect, offer something different in each season. This is the kind of...
  • 今年は空いていた
    4.0 Reviewed : 2022.11.20
  • 山側を通る遊歩道も歩いてみましょう
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.06.09
    天龍寺の庭園は、曹源池庭園と言い、その名の通り中央に曹源池という池がある庭園です。 今回も私たちは、庭園に面した方丈の広縁に座ってこの庭園を眺めました。その後、庭園の山側を通る遊歩道を初めて歩いてみました。山側を通る遊歩道は高さがあるので、庭園を見下ろすような感じに見えるんです。いつもと違う、素敵な景色に出会えますよ。

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