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Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

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#9 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Visit Tenryuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site, to meditate and reflect among daily visitors and worshippers. The temple, originally completed in 1345 to appease the spirits of the late Emperor Go-Daigo, underwent several reconstructions over the ages. Approach the temple through a walking path lined with soaring bamboo stalks. Be sure to stroll around the temple's garden, which survived the centuries in its original form. Use our Kyoto holiday planner to visit Tenryuji Temple on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We have a special meditation experiences with overseas customers, not rare. A very valuable experience and was able to listen monk's lecture at the beauty of the garden also curious that while usually temples who are sitting in meditation.
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  • Yet another heritage of humanity site in Kyoto! the temple is interesting but it is the garden that is AMAZING! the sceneries are as they were built in the 13th century! therefore it has been declared...  more »
  • We visited this temple en route to the Bamboo Grove which is gained fame as being one of the most beautiful, surreal places on earth (justified). I didn't find the temple interior to be especially imp...  more »

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