Tenryu-ji Temple is the headline attraction in Arashiyama, a sprawling Zen temple with one of the finest gardens in Kyoto and wonderful mountain views.
image © Damien Douxchamps
Right off the main drag in Arashiyama, a few steps from the main bus stop (Tenryuji-mae) and the Keifuku Line’s Arashiyama Station, Tenryu-ji Temple is the logical first stop for any exploration of Arashiyama. You start by exploring the main hall and observing the famed garden and pond from inside the hall, then you put your shoes back on and explore the garden on foot.
You can’t help but notice that this is one of the best examples of shakkei (borrowed scenery) in Japan: the steep mountains of Arashiyama form are perfectly incorporated into the design of the garden.
Make your way slowly uphill and away from the main hall and then exit the garden/temple by the north gate. A quick left from here will bring you right into the heart of Arashiyama’s famous Bamboo Grove.
Walking Tour: Tenryu-ji temple features in our Private Walking Tour of Arashiyama
English address: 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryu-ji, Ukyo-ku
Japanese address: 右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町68
8:30am-5:30pm, last entry 5:30pm, March 21st-October 20th
8:30am-5:00pm, last entry 5:00pm, October 21st-March 20th
Admission to grounds: Free
Adults and College and High school students: Y500
Junior high and elementary school students: Y300
Hodo (Unryu-zu): \500
*Open 9am-5pm (9am-4:30pm October 21st-March 20th)
Non-smoking area: Yes
1 min walk from Arashiyama Station, Keifuku dentetsu, Arashiyama line
13 min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line
15 min walk from Arashiyama Station, Henkyu railway
Website: Official Website (Japanese)
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