Tenryū-ji Temple Kyoto

That morning we will go to the Tenryuji temple in Sagano Kyoto by bus. I have heard that Tenryuji is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bus for Togetsukyo (渡月橋) Bridge and landscape from the bus window. It will take 45 minutes.

Arrived at the Arashiyama (嵐山) bus stop.

Arashiyama and Sagano Area Map

Arashiyama (嵐山) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto. It also refers to the mountain across the Katsura River (桂川), which forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.

Katura River (桂川) and Togetsu-kyo Bridge (渡月橋)

Togetsu-kyo Bridge (渡月橋)

A big tree on the Bank of Katsura River (桂川).

From the Togetsu-kyo (渡月橋) Bridge, we are walking to the Tenryū-ji Temple.

Togetsu-kyo (渡月橋) Bridge, A teahouse with traditional tea and sweet confectionery (sweet jellied adzuki‐bean paste called “youkan” 羊羹), Souvenir shop, Rental kimono costume shop.

We arrived in Kyoto Tenryū-ji Temple.

Tenryū-ji is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Susukinobaba Ukyō-ku Kyoto.  (京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町)

Approach to the Tenryu-ji Temple.

Lotus pond in front of Tenryu-ji Temple.

Main Gate of Tenryu-ji

The temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji (Great General) in 1339, primarily to venerate Buddha, and its first chief priest was Musō Soseki. Construction was completed in 1345. Musō Soseki (夢窓 疎石, 1275–1351) was a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and teacher, and a calligraphist, poet and garden designer.

Precincts map of Tenryu-ji

In 1994, Tenryū-ji was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto”.

天龍寺の大方丈と曹源池庭園 (Large Hojo, ceremonial hall and Sogenchi Teienn, pond garden)

Typical Japanese garden of Tenryu-ji is very beautiful and many tourists visit from abroad.

Well, let’s enter the large hojo, syoin (方丈,書院). Syoin (書院 sturdy) is a drawing room (in the shoin style of traditional Japanese architecture).

Syoin (書院 sturdy) is a drawing room (in the shoin style of traditional Japanese architecture).

Syoin (書院 room) is a traditional style of Japanese residential architecture with shoji screen (障子 paper sliding door ) , straw mats (tatami畳) and roka (廊下 corridor).

Buddhist memorial service room. Entering this room is forbidden.

Going to Tahoden (多宝殿 Treasure house through the corridor.

The room has interesting sliding doors (襖, Fusuma) with unique pictures.

Tahoden (多宝殿 Treasure house)

Walking to Chikurinn (竹林) from the Tahoden.

Left the Tahoden (多宝殿 Treasure house) of Tenryu-ji we are walking to the famous Chikurin (竹林 bamboo grove also called bamboo path).

Tenryū-ji Temple Website in English: http://www.tenryuji.com/en/

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