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Tenryuji Temple

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Address: 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-881-1235
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We stopped by here when we were in Arashiyama while walking up and down the road. Inside you can see other small restaurants that will serve up a quick meal before seeing the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Diana C
Castro Valley, California
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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped by here when we were in Arashiyama while walking up and down the road. Inside you can see other small restaurants that will serve up a quick meal before seeing the temple. Or you can walk straight down to the temple and go inside. There was a couple cherry blossom trees that bloomed early, so that make the... More 

Thank Diana C
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple was completely overshadowed by the bamboo grove which completely blew me away. Hopefully you'll get there on a sunny day and enjoy some amazing photo opportunities. The street close to the temple entrance has some very interesting shops to explore. Plan to be here for at least three hours.

1 Thank Kiara S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chances are you rarely seen this temple ranked on the top ten must visit place in Kyoto. But trust me, this is easily even on the top five if not on the same level as Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari, and Kiyomizudera. The photos you saw all over the net can not even accurately describe the beauty of this garden. I never... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Aside from thinking of the age of this garden, we found it to be unspectacular. The lake and garden at Kinkaku-ji in our opinion was better. Visiting gardens in winter is obviously not ideal.... Maybe this garden has more impact in other seasons.

Thank Hilary B
West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are so beautiful, specially during fall. Very enjoyable visit and lots of photo opportunities.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I walked around the Tenryuji grounds taking in the incredible landscape. While the buildings were impressive as well, I am the least qualified to speak about them or their significance. However, simply enjoying the immaculate grounds was enough for us and made the modest entrance fee worth it. This temple abuts the bamboo forest so can be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 12 January 2017

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 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 10 January 2017

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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