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  • Sherry Lam

Tenryuji - The most picturesque temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Tenryuji is one of the most significant temples in among the Five Great Mountain Temples of Japan. Located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, visitors can experience Japanese Zen Buddhism heritage by visiting the different parts of this site, such as its gardens and Japanese-styled temple buildings. Dating back to the 14th century, the temple was built by shogun Ashikaga Takauji in honor of Emperor Go-Daigo. While it is a complex with different buildings and sections, the most beautiful part is the Zen garden - Sogenchi Teien.

Walking from the temple’s living quarter to the Hojo (the building in front of the garden) after buying the ticket, you will be captivated by the stunning scene of the Sogenchi Teien when you look out the opened Japanese sliding door. Sitting at the veranda to the garden, the large pond provides a peaceful reflection of the surrounding rocks and maple trees in the background, with a layer of the hills of Arashiyama behind; while on the front there are some topiary balls and a small area of turf as decoration. 

In this Zen garden, it is recommended to slow down yourself and stay as long as you want. In my experience, just merely looking at this calming and beautiful garden made me enjoy the present moment, and forget about the past and the future. 

Further explore Tenryuji

Apart from Sogenchi Teien, you can further explore Tenryuji by walking along the path from the Hojo to another temple building for the dragon painting, or take a stroll in Hyakkaen Garden. Walking inside Tenryuji provides you with an ancient atmosphere to savour, making you feel that you are in the medieval time of Japan.


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this is my fav in Kyoto too! the temple itself is absolutely a masterpiece

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