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
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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  • Loved it!
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.09.10
    This temple is at the end of the bamboo forest and is just stunning. The pond and garden around it is a great picture opportunity. Fortunately not many people were there when we went on our trip.
  • The spirit of Zen
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.07.06
    This is the first Kyoto temple I discovered, and one of the most famous as well… okay, the temple itself is beautiful but not the main reason you will visit it. The main attraction here is the zen...
  • Gorgeous Bamboo Grove
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.09.21
    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...

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