Tenryu-ji Temple
Tenryu-ji Temple
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand780 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly captivating in spring
    Tenryu-ji Temple offers a memorable experience! While the temple itself might not be overly striking, the gardens and pond in spring are truly captivating. The array of vibrant colors and diverse flora create a picturesque scene, making it a highlight worth cherishing. Exploring the gardens during this season leaves an indelible impression of Kyoto's natural beauty and tranquility. Don't miss the opportunity to create lasting memories at Tenryu-ji Temple's exquisite gardens and pond.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • tim r
    137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect pond
    As everywhere else in Kyoto, if you can get there early you'll enjoy it much more. We just had time to sit by the pond and drink it all in for 30 minutes - which was much better than trying to rush round seeing the whole complex - so our review is of the pond. It's a perfect example of borrowed landscape, and it's great just to contemplate it from a few angles ( sitting on the temple steps)
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful
    Tenrye-ji Temple Garden. We did not go inside the temple as that was an extra fee. We did walking the wonderful grounds around the temple amongst heavy showers that day. Only a handful of visitors due to the inclement weather. There were many paths for visitors to explore yielding delightful prospectives of the grounds. Very peaceful. We even saw cherry blossoms starting to bud and bloom.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Darren L
    Queenstown, Maryland822 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Garden
    What a beautiful and serene place to visit. It was a great example of how a Japanese garden can give the illusion of so much space. Make sure you go into the upper garden paths and bamboo forest.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
  • tracey k
    Redmond, Washington756 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid crowds for better enjoyment
    I admit I visited due to an Instagram photo of weeping cherry trees. Also, my goal was the bamboo forest entrance nearby, but it was so choked with visitors, I starred walking back to my hotel and saw entrance to Tenryu-ji. I also wanted a goshuin for my book. Whelp, there's no stamp, just paper you are supposed to paste in, so that was a no go. There are examples of dry garden landscaping with raked gravel. I took a path upwards on the hill, decent views of cherry blossoms and distant mountains. At north exit, nice photo op of bamboo trees, you can literally see dozens of folks hoping up the path next to temple grounds, but if you just want a shot of bamboo without being pummeled, this was just fine. A lot of people doing people things, like getting in your way and making you stop any progress at all so they can take a picture. Not a must see imo, but if you do try to avoid tour hus, show up at opening
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • John and Deb K
    Karratha, Australia777 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Not to be missed
    This was not high on our list until we got there and spent time wandering in the magical garden. We were lucky to experience it with the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom along with a number of different Azaleas in bloom as well. This is a World Heritage Garden and with good reason. IT costs $5 per person but well worth it - We liked it better than the Bamboo walkway!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2024
  • Jason R
    Darwin, Australia158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try to work out when the smallest tours are going through.
    I apologise, but I don't know the best times to miss the tour buses, I think we just fluked it. The Arashiyama area is busy at the best of times, so walking around can be a bit hectic. Going to the temples can also be hectic. This particular temple has quite a bit to look at, and if you include the garden walk it is very peaceful and beautiful, especially when it's cherry blossom season. There are two entrances to this temple and gardens, one off the main street and one through the bamboo forest walk. This is good for families with kids from the age of 6, especially if you have a little one who loves flowers and taking photos 😁
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens
    We unfortunately visited on a rainy day, but the gardens were still very beautiful. I’d definitely recommend seeing them, although the temple wasn’t anything special in comparison to some others we’d visited. It’s still very tranquil and the rock garden is lovely. You can access the bamboo forest just outside the garden entrance.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2024
  • petertaylor57
    Auckland Central, New Zealand422 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The temple and its garden are magnificent
    The temple and its garden are magnificent however, the whole experience is spoiled by hoards and hoards of tourists from all over. There is nothing solemn or serene about this place any longer, more like a procession of people going to some hugely popular sports event. I guess it's a must-see in Arashiyama, but it is so over-touristed, it is borderline worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2024
  • Mellie2013
    Port Moody, Canada2,954 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit late afternoon to miss the hordes
    Our hot tip...visit in the late afternoon! We enjoyed a very late afternoon visit to the Temple and it's garden. Probably arrived after 4 pm. To our astonishment most of the day trippers and tourists had dispersed. It was serene, peaceful and our pictures were stunning! Without the hordes of tourists jostling for a photo op. The garden is quite beautiful and take a few minutes to explore. It's well maintained and groomed to perfection. We sat and enjoyed the garden and water feature in relative tranquility.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2024
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JAC
Chichester, UK156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A must-see temple when visiting Kyoto. The town of Arashima is pretty and walking distance to the temple and bamboo forest. The temple is typical of Japanese temples where you walk along endless corridors looking at bare rooms other than the murals painted on the walls. Nevertheless, a lovely place to visit.
Written 27 June 2024
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AChee74
Kuching, Malaysia1,289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The main attraction is the gardens. Its really nice place to have a walk and enjoy the serenity of the place. Great place to spend some time enjoy the beauty of the area
Written 6 June 2024
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Mellie2013
Port Moody, Canada2,954 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our hot tip...visit in the late afternoon!

We enjoyed a very late afternoon visit to the Temple and it's garden. Probably arrived after 4 pm. To our astonishment most of the day trippers and tourists had dispersed. It was serene, peaceful and our pictures were stunning! Without the hordes of tourists jostling for a photo op.

The garden is quite beautiful and take a few minutes to explore. It's well maintained and groomed to perfection.

We sat and enjoyed the garden and water feature in relative tranquility.
Written 19 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The temple and its garden are magnificent however, the whole experience is spoiled by hoards and hoards of tourists from all over. There is nothing solemn or serene about this place any longer, more like a procession of people going to some hugely popular sports event. I guess it's a must-see in Arashiyama, but it is so over-touristed, it is borderline worth a visit.
Written 16 May 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We unfortunately visited on a rainy day, but the gardens were still very beautiful. I’d definitely recommend seeing them, although the temple wasn’t anything special in comparison to some others we’d visited. It’s still very tranquil and the rock garden is lovely.

You can access the bamboo forest just outside the garden entrance.
Written 1 May 2024
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davetheguide
Tel Aviv, Israel5,673 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We spent a morning visiting the Golden Pavilion, then took a taxi to Tenryuji Temple. Pay for entrance only to the lovely gardens and skip the temple itself. At the top of the gardens, exit to the Bamboo Forest. After the Bamboo Forest, we continued for a short walk along the river to a train station that took us back to the center of Kyoto.
Written 27 April 2024
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Jason R
Darwin, Australia158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I apologise, but I don't know the best times to miss the tour buses, I think we just fluked it. The Arashiyama area is busy at the best of times, so walking around can be a bit hectic. Going to the temples can also be hectic. This particular temple has quite a bit to look at, and if you include the garden walk it is very peaceful and beautiful, especially when it's cherry blossom season.
There are two entrances to this temple and gardens, one off the main street and one through the bamboo forest walk.
This is good for families with kids from the age of 6, especially if you have a little one who loves flowers and taking photos 😁
Written 7 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was not high on our list until we got there and spent time wandering in the magical garden. We were lucky to experience it with the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom along with a number of different Azaleas in bloom as well. This is a World Heritage Garden and with good reason. IT costs $5 per person but well worth it - We liked it better than the Bamboo walkway!
Written 5 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tracey k
Redmond, WA756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I admit I visited due to an Instagram photo of weeping cherry trees. Also, my goal was the bamboo forest entrance nearby, but it was so choked with visitors, I starred walking back to my hotel and saw entrance to Tenryu-ji. I also wanted a goshuin for my book. Whelp, there's no stamp, just paper you are supposed to paste in, so that was a no go. There are examples of dry garden landscaping with raked gravel. I took a path upwards on the hill, decent views of cherry blossoms and distant mountains. At north exit, nice photo op of bamboo trees, you can literally see dozens of folks hoping up the path next to temple grounds, but if you just want a shot of bamboo without being pummeled, this was just fine. A lot of people doing people things, like getting in your way and making you stop any progress at all so they can take a picture. Not a must see imo, but if you do try to avoid tour hus, show up at opening
Written 5 April 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
You can buy a combo ticket for the temple and gardens or a standalone ticket for the gardens. We paid for the combo ticket. The temple was pretty ordinary. The gardens, however, were quite impressive. Most people would probably be fine with the gardens only ticket.

We exited from the back of the gardens. The entrance to the bamboo forest is next door to the gardens if you use that exit.
Written 28 March 2024
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