Golden Temple Kyoto

We are going to the famous Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺 Golden Temple) from Sagano (嵯峨野) by bus.

Going to the Golden Temple.

Above pictures; Women wearing kimonos are tourists from China. Bus stop in front of Kinkaku-ji. Japanese traditional soba noodle restaurant. Approach to Kinkakuji Temple.

Map of Rokuon-ji Temple

Details of the map

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Temple of the Golden Pavilion), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺, Deer Garden Temple), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, built in 1397. It is one of Japan’s best-known sights and designated as World Heritage Sites.

Main Gate of World Heritage Golden Pavilion Rokuon-ji Temple. (世界遺産 金閣 鹿苑寺)

After passing through the main gate、it is Karamon (唐門 Chinese-style gate). You have to pay the entrance fee at the left side box.

Karamon (唐門 Chinese-style gate)

I have been to European countries and visited many churches and monasteries, but I’ve never paid admission fee. That is very strange.

Hojo (方丈 abbot’s chamber)

Pine tree of Riku-shuu (陸舟の松)

The Pine tree of Riku-shuu is located on the north side of the abbot’s chamber. The founder of the Rokuon-ji temple, Great General Yoshimitsu Ashikaga planted it himself. The age of the pine tree is over 600 years.

Former Kuri (庫裡 priests’ living quarters), now it is a hall used for transcribing sutras of pilgrims, called Syakyo-sho (写経所).

Syakyo-syo (写経所) ; Fire fighting water troughs. Entrance of the hall. Copying sutras room. Copied sutra.

After the Syakyo-syo (写経所) we arrived at the edge of the Kyouko pond (鏡湖池), the beautiful Golden Pavilion was reflected on the pond surface.

Golden Pavilion and Kyoko Pond, (金閣、鏡湖池)

Golden Pavilion of Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple)

The Kinkaku of Rokuon-ji Temple (金閣寺): formally the Shariden of Rokuon-ji Temple (the reliquary, Buddha’s ashes, hall of Rokuon-ji Temple)

The golden phoenix above the roof and the top floor of the Golden Pavilion. (The photos are provided by Rokuon-ji Temple.)

Left the Golden Pavilion we are walking to the traditional Japanese garden of Rokuon-ji Temple.

We are walking around the typical Japanese garden of Rokuon-ji.

Hakuja-no-tuka (白蛇の塚,The burial mound of white snake, the messenger of God)

Sekka-tei (夕佳亭Tea ceremony house)

We are leaving the temple of Rokuon-ji, Golden Temple.

Visitor’s Tea House (不動堂茶所) ; You can enjoy Matcha (green tea for ceremonies) here.

Passing in front of Tea House, you can see the building called Fudo-do (不動堂). Fudo-Myouo (不動明王 Acala) is a god of folk religion.

Many tourists in front of Fudo-do (不動堂)

A souvenir shops by Fudo Hall (不動堂).

We are shopping at the souvenir shops, then will go back to the hotel and take a rest.

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/