Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple: Kyoto’s Yet Another UNESCO World Heritage Site

One of the greatest temples in Japan with the spectacular Zen garden!

One of the greatest temples in Japan with the spectacular Zen garden!

Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is the head temple of the Tenryu branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Arashiyama area in Kyoto city. The temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339 during Muromachi period and the construction was completed in 1345.

The temple was ranked one of the five greatest Zen temples in Kyoto and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” in 1994.

The temple’s highlight includes the magnificent garden “Sogenchi Teien”, designed by the famous garden designer Muso Soseki, offering amazing landscape with the central pond, pine trees and the forest of Arashiyama mountains.

The temple also owns very famous painting called “The Cloud Dragon” on the ceiling of the Hatto hall. The Cloud Dragon was painted in 1997 by the renowned nihonga artist Kayama Matazo (1927–2004) and the exhibition of the paint is open for public only on weekends and holidays with an additional fee of 500 yen. (Check for the special exhibition dates)


Access: 5 mins walk from Arashiyama station

Hours: 8:30–17:30 (-17:00 in winter)

Fee: 500 yen for garden, 800 yen for garden and buildings

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