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Tenryuji Temple

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Western Kyoto
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Address: 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-881-1235
08:30 - 17:30
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Enchanting grounds.

Tenryugi Temple has some lovely buildings, but for me, the grounds--the exquisitely landscaped grounds--were the overriding attraction. Meticulously maintained, gloriously green... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tenryugi Temple has some lovely buildings, but for me, the grounds--the exquisitely landscaped grounds--were the overriding attraction. Meticulously maintained, gloriously green and serene; a new wonder appears around every bend in the path. A fascinating mushroom sprouts in the moss, a pool of water is framed by maples, a flower peeks from under a tree...it is all so beautiful. Wander... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful temple - make sure you check out the garden (costs) but totally worth it. Even in winter, this place was so picturesque, I can only imagine in Spring/Autumn.

Thank Dianne P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hired bikes for a day to tour the city, the shop drew us a route and strongly recommended this world heritage site. It is in the Arashiyama area which has so much to offer but the temple is the gem. The temple is simple and of historic significance but make sure you see the garden, it is just stunning.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The detailing are noted everywhere at this temple. Everywhere you look is a piece of art! Perfectly manicured and picture perfect landscape and understated yet airy architecture for sure will last in your memory.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting so many famous temple in Kyoto, I was thinking of giving it a miss as my main purpose of visiting Arashiyama area was for the Kamo River and the Bridge area. This temple is a world heritage ! Been to Arashiyama area many time and decided to visit it this time. The set ticket for temple and garden... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Autumn is probably the perfect time to visit. The serenity and history of this place is unlike anything I have ever experienced.

Thank Jill L
Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you can, pay the extra small fee to go inside the temple. A lot of people want to see the rock garden and the temple's surrounding trees, but the inside spaces are just as beautiful. The passageways are fun to go through and you can observe how much care goes into preserving this World Heritage site. There are some... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You pay separately for the temple and garden. Beautiful tended garden is a must see. Temple is not particularly memorable.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being here in the fall you had trees changing colours so a wonderful background to take photos. Lots of buildings and structures to look at. Stop by and check it out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here at about 9am and it was beautiful and quiet. We only got the garden ticket which was fine for us. The grounds are very pretty (in particular the pond), but not massive, and by 10am it was already a lot fuller. The Autumn leaves are particularly noticeable here, so a real highlight.

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