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天龍寺 Tenryuji Temple

  • World Heritages Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
  • Arashiyama / Kinkaku-ji Temple Area
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District
Arashiyama / Kinkaku-ji Temple Area
Address
68 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 616-8385, Japan
Category
  • World Heritages
  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
Opening Hours
8:30-17:30, [October 21-Mar 20]8:30-17:00
Closed
Open Every Day
Website
http://www.tenryuji.com/en/
Tel.
+81-75-881-1235
Date of post:2015/04/23

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Tenryu-ji is situated in the busiest area of Arashiyama. This is also the first rank of the five main Rinzai School Zen temples in Kyoto. Ashikaga Takauji, who was the first shogun of the Muromachi shogunate, turned an imperial villa into this temple in the 14th century, in order to pray the happiness of the demised Emperor Go-Daigo in his next life. The buildings were destroyed by fire several times and reconstructed in the Meiji era and later. In the middle of Hojyo, there is a statue of Sakyamuni, which remained intact from the Fujiwara period.

The garden with a large pond, Sogenchi, was constructed by the first abbot of this temple, Muso Soseki. Even using a pond, he expressed a waterfall by rocks. He also used the style called Shakkei, borrowed scenery. He borrowed the backward mountain, Arashiyama, as a part of the garden and made it dynamic.

The path at the right hand side of the garden will take you to Tahoden. The wooden statue of the Emperor Go-Daigo is sitting in this building. Near the building, there is the Spring of Love with Heiwa Kannon and a large inkstone, which was actually used to paint a large dragon on the ceiling of Hatto.

Getting out of Tenryu-ji, you will find yourself in the middle of the path of the Bamboo Grove. The left path will take you to Torokko Arashiyama station of Sagano Scenic Railway and, further, Sagano area, where there are many other temples. If you take the right path, you can go back to the main street through the other path of the Bamboo Grove. I recommend you to step into the left path, because you can take better pictures there. Anyway, whichever path you may choose, you can enjoy the characteristic scenery.

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