Tenryuji Temple

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Japanese script: 天龍寺
Area: Kyoto
Address: 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8385 Japan [map]
Phone: 075-881-1235 075-881-1235
Access: 365 m from Arashiyama Station Arashiyama Line (A13)
0.7 km from Randen-Saga Station Arashiyama Line (A12)
0.8 km from Saga-Arashiyama Station Sagano Line (E8)
Hours: 8.30am - 17.30 (Closes at 5pm from Mid-October to March)
Admission: Adults: ¥500
Website: http://tenryuji.com

Tenryuji is a big deal in Arashiyama, and Kyoto as a whole – it is the top Zen Temple (out of 5), a registered World Heritage Site and the head of it’s own school of Buddhism in the Rinzai sect. Although the buildings have been lost to fire and disasters since it was built in 1339, the gardens have survived and are a beautiful example of zen design. The garden was designed by the renowned landscaper Muso Soseki and uses the forested mountains as a backdrop for the design.