UNESCO World Heritage Site : Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺)

When visiting Arashiyama (嵐山) area, one is not to miss one of the most important temple within the district, Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺). Ranked first among the Kyoto’s five great Zen temples, Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is also registered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Located just a short walk from the Keifuku Arashiyama Station, Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is the head temple of its own school within the Rinzai Zen sect of the Japanese Buddhism.

Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is opened from 0830 to 1730 hrs daily (until 1700 hrs from late October to late March). Entrance fees of 500 yen is applicable to the garden while additional 100 yen is required for entrance into the temple building.

Walking from the entrance leading to Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺), one will see a pond filled with Water Lilies (during the summer).

We will then see the Hatto (Dharma Hall), a Zemple where the master delivered his sermons, teaching Buddha Dharma to the assembled monks in the past. Presently, Hatto is being used only for important ceremonial functions.


One of the main building of Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is Kuri (Temple Living Quarters). Here, traditionally counted among the “seven halls” (shichido garan), this most commonly photographed building of Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺), has now become the symbol of Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) itself.


Inside the Kuri’s entrance hall is a large painting of Bodhidharma, the Indian monk who transmitted the Zen teachings to China more than 1,500 years ago.


Some of the halls within Kuri

Walking along the long, covered corridor that winds up the slope, one will discover Tahoden (Hall of Many Treasures) which comprises of a worship hall in the front, a shrine and an intermediate room connecting the two.

In the Tenryuji Garden, there is a beautiful pond that is also known as Sogenchi Teien (Sogen Pond Garden).


A truly beautiful garden, one will enjoy a slow stroll in the garden while enjoying the beauty of its nature. Definitely a spot not to be missed when one is visiting Arashiyama (嵐山).



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