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Tenryu-ji Temple

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Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the major temples of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. The temple was established in 1339 by the assistance of Ashikaga Takauji to console the spirit of Emperor Go-Daigo. It was built on the former site of the emperor's villa after a priest Muso Soseki had dreamt of a dragon rising from the nearby river. The dream was interpreted as a sign that the emperor's spirit was uneasy, and Tenryu-ji Temple, the name literally means heavenly dragon temple, was considered as appeasement.
The temple was burnt down several times by fire and most of the present buildings date from 1900, but the main attraction is the Zen garden designed by Muso Soseki 700 years ago. Another attraction is the Cloud-Dragon Painting drawn on the ceiling of the Hatto Hall by Kayama Matazo.
Tenryu-ji Temple was registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 17:30
  • 8:30 - 17:00 (October 21 - March 20)

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Garden only: 500 yen (General, Adult); 300 yen (Child)
  • Garden and Buildings: Plus 100 yen
  • Special Admission to the Cloud-Dragon Painting in the Hatto Hall: 500 yen *Weekends and holidays, or special periods during the spring and autumn.

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • Short walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen (Keifuku) Arashiyama Main Line (A14)
  • 13 minutes walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • 15 minutes walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 68, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8385

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