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Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

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Visit Tenryuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site, to meditate and reflect among daily visitors and worshippers. The temple, originally completed in 1345 to appease the spirits of the late Emperor Go-Daigo, underwent several reconstructions over the ages. Approach the temple through a walking path lined with soaring bamboo stalks. Be sure to stroll around the temple's garden, which survived the centuries in its original form. Use our Kyoto tour itinerary planning site to visit Tenryuji Temple on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • You can appreciate the temple and the faithful who attend to perform their prayers according to the teaching of Oyasama, they can attend in the early morning and at 18:00
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  • My parents came to visit me from my hometown, so I took them to Tenryu-ji Temple as one of the sightseeing tours in Kyoto. As I was walking on the premises, a white Benz sounded the horn violently at a good speed, and the tourists rushed in as they walked, and it disappeared. As with our family, other tourists were almost attracted. And, surprisingly, it was the temple's Wasasho that drove the car. I couldn't believe that someone in a position would do this on their own premises. I was so upset by that that that I turned back and left the temple. While there were many tourists from overseas, I felt embarrassed as a Japanese. I'm sorry.
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  • Tenryuji temple was beautiful. There's a fee to visit the grounds at 500yen for the garden and 300yen for the temple. We opted to go through both and we were not disappointed. Before reviewing further, I would recommend that the place be visited during the fall when all the trees still have their autumn color leaves. We visited in late December and while the place was still beautiful, all the trees looked dead. The temple requires you to remove your shoes and had I known that before buying my temple ticket I would not have proceeded. The ground was very cold, but they do make an effort to warm it up a bit by placing mats everywhere. I highly recommend this temple and would definitely go again during autumn.
  • Very photogenic gardens! If you visit on a hot day, I recommend buying the temple & garden ticket. It's much cooler from inside the temple and you get an elevated view of the garden. Also fewer people buy the temple ticket so there's more room to move around and sit down. You'll need to be VERY patient to get shots without other tourists in it though.
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