Aug. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Tenryu-ji Temple

- 天龍寺 -
Traveler Friendly
English brochures are available at the entrances of both the garden and the building. The main entrance of the temple is so close to Keifuku Dentetsu Arashiyama Line, Arashiyama station that you can easily access.
Information
Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean websites are available.
Languages spoken
Japanese only
2392 63 7.7 1 reviews
Aug. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Tenryu-ji Temple

- 天龍寺 -
Traveler Friendly
English brochures are available at the entrances of both the garden and the building. The main entrance of the temple is so close to Keifuku Dentetsu Arashiyama Line, Arashiyama station that you can easily access.
Information
Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean websites are available.
Languages spoken
Japanese only
2392 63 7.7 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Enjoy this amazing garden and the scenic beauty of Arashiyama
Located in the Arashiyama district, Tenryū-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tenryū-ji School of Rinzai Zen Buddhism and a registered UNESCO world heritage site. It was founded in 1339 by the Shogun Ashikaga Takauji in memory of Emperor Go-Daigo, with the eminent Zen master Musō Soseki serving as its first abbot. It was initially one of the largest Zen temples in Kyoto, but a series of eight major fires over the centuries have left it a fraction of its original size. The highlight of any tour of Tenryū-ji is the Sōgen-chi Garden, Japan's first officially designated special place of scenic beauty. Designated by Musō Soseki in the early 1340s, the Sōgen-chi Garden has retained its original form over the past 700 years. Featuring flowers in the spring and maple foliage in the fall, and noted for its skillful use of the surrounding mountains as "borrowed scenery," the Sōgen-chi Garden can be enjoyed throughout the year. Other places of interest at Tenryū-ji include the Dharma Hall, the Abbot's Quarters, and the Tahō-den. Take a leisurely walk around the temple and enjoy its magnificent scenery.
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Laura - Japan
Nov. 09, 2018
Details
Open Hours
Summer: 8:30am - 5:30pm Winter (Oct. 21 - Mar. 20): 8:30am - 5pm
Reservations
Not accepted
Closed
None
Price range
Garden only: High school students and older: ¥500 Elementary and middle school students: ¥300 Preschool children: free Tenryu-ji Garden and Buildings: Admission fees are the same as above, plus ¥100 Tenryuji's buildings are occasionally closed without notice for special ceremonies and other activities. Scheduled closings for 2015: Oct. 29 - 30 (until early afternoon) Special Admission to the Cloud-Dragon Painting in the Hatto (Dharma Hall): ¥500 Please note that the Dharma Hall admission fee is separate from that for Tenryu-ji's garden and buildings. The Dharma Hall is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only, and during specially designated periods during the spring and autumn. Hours are 9am - 5pm for summer, 9am - 4pm for winter (Oct. 21 - Mar. 20).
Credit cards
Not accepted
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