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Tenryuji Temple

68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-881-1235
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68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-881-1235
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked the garden and you had to pay extra to walk in the temple. There was a place you could see into the Bamboo Forest quiet and peaceful. Don't be in a hurry

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We used the tram to get here. It's worth paying the 500Y to see the garden. It's best to visit during spring to see the different variants of blooming flowers. It's relaxing to see the view of the pond and the garden.

Thank Shine C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went inside the structure and were able to wander around the corridors and see the painting of the heavenly dragon. You do have to remove your shoes when you go inside. There is a small room with shelves for the shoes near the entrance....More

Thank t2beans
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had never been here, even though I have lived in Kyoto for a little while. It was totally worth it. I will go back on a weekend or public holiday to see the temple with the dragon painted on the ceiling.

Thank ogj_88
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can see this temple or just scroll around the garden but this site should be included when you see the bamboo grove. We used the JR Saga Arashiyma line to get to the area and the site is only about 10 minutes walk, but...More

Thank Scanotrips
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple has a very good park. After you enter the temple, You will walk through the garden with so many variants of flowers. I went there when it was rained. But it doesn't spoil the beauty of this garden. I went there in the...More

Thank Dicky K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely place, well kept and maintained, surrounded by tranquil gardens, felt very peaceful to be here.

Thank NPR1973
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did not go through the temple interior, opted to walk through the garden, which leads into the bamboo forest. Both the garden and forest are well worth the travel time and ticket cost.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is superb to look at and the gardens gorgeous but as with so much in Japan it is a carefully controlled and contrived environment and four year old kids who see gravel as something to play with rather than something to worship aren't...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tenryuji temple is an interesting sight to visit, especially its gardens which are preserved in the same way since the 14th century. It is adjacent to the Arashimaya bamboo forest which makes it easily accessible if you are already there and worthwhile seeing it. It...More

Thank Mickeywonder13
Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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Hi there! Can I just buy a ticket to the zen garden without visiting the temple? TIA
25 December 2016|
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Response from 旅好きじいさん | Reviewed this property |
Ticket is sold at the gate of garden. Usually, queue of gate is short, less than 3 min. Ticket price is 500 yen at Feb. 2017.
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MLea M
Could anyone tell me some background about the "cartoon" like painting of the man at the entrance to the temple (just after the kiosk where you buy your tickets)? I forgot to ask about it while there and am struggling to find any information online. It is also found at the top of this webpage - tenryuji. com /en/about/index.html . I'd like to know if this is modern art work or more historical and what it's meant to represent....or really anything else you might be able to share!
17 July 2016|
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Response from johnfjohnston | Reviewed this property |
The painting of Daruma Visitors to the temple can see this famous painting near the entrance. Daruma is credited with bringing Buddhism from India to China and founding the Zen sect of Buddhism. So his image is often seen in... More
Hi there! My friends & I will be going to this temple in November.We are planning to enter this temple thru the northern gate along the bamboo groove. Can we pay the entrance fee in this gate? I want to see the garden & the dragon ceiling @ Dharma Hall. I need your help please!
30 April 2015|
Response from crissykulit |
Hi ! The last time i visited Tenryuji Temple. We paid entrance and went inside via the entrance by the bamboo groves. there is no name on the outside of the gate. It's right before the slope of the road is uphill