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Tenryuji Temple

#18 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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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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enjoy the serene light of the garden

nice place to guess the life of monks who drink, sex and fight in Japan. they are ordinary people who do not know about the abstinence. they live in temples, though. they can... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
David J
Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

nice place to guess the life of monks who drink, sex and fight in Japan. they are ordinary people who do not know about the abstinence. they live in temples, though. they can enjoy serenity from time to time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must see, as the gardens are beautiful, particularly during the change of season. Also very close to Arashiyama and the Bamboo forest so you don't need to detour.

Thank Beersy_333
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been here twice. Once on vacation with my wife back in 2012. Most recently with my wife, my parents, my in-laws, and my kids. A wonderful temple that then leads to the bamboo forest at the back. The perfect starting point for any visit to Sagano / Araishiyama, and a must see on any Kyoto trip.

Thank felixhong
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tenryuji Temple is a must-see place when visiting beautiful Kyoto, located in the Sagano District of Kyoto, and established in 1339. It is a spectacular place, unforgettable views, and just amazing on a nice day due to its surrounding plants, trees, and gardens. The present buildings date to the Meiji Period, but the landscape garden behind the Main Hall is... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is more interesting in the garden it sets. There are all kinds of plants and flowers and little streams and lake giving the garden the oriental style. The temple itself is also quite big and you can visit the inside too. Only weird thing is that they charge the garden and the temple indoor separately.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can visit the garden but don't bother about visiting the temple, we feel slight cheated as the temple route & garden route are the same route. You are not allow to enter the temple nor taking any photos, basically you are just walking at the temple's corridor to visit the temple. The garden is nice but not a breathtaking... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even we have the pay entrance fee, we have no regret getting in. The have a well organized flower garden and lake. I believe it will be even nicer during the Sakura season.

Thank Natalie0303
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here in the morning with the family. Took the JR line, very convenient. As suggested by others, just buy the ticket for the garden, it is the highlight of the visit, and you can see the temple from the garden. After that, you can go to the bamboo garden, it is worth it.

Thank Daryl P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a world cultural heritage site. Beautiful and serene place. Easily accessible by Entrance fee applies. For Garden or temple only Adult ¥500 Child below 15 ¥300 For both temple and garden Adult ¥800 Child ¥600

Thank RobeLime
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bamboo forest near the temple is absolutely stunning and amazing. Totally worth the shots. The temple was good too and have some nice Japanese apricot trees for flower lovers.

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