Saturday, 3 October 2009

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple, Arashiyama, Kyoto

I think Tenryu-ji Temple’s attraction is the garden.

It has been known as Tenryu-ji and belonged to the Rinzai Zen sect of Buddhism since its founding in 1345 by the first Ashikaga shogun, prior to that the land had been a temple and for a time a detached palace.The temple has a long history, however it has suffered fire many times and the present day structures are mostly built within the last 200 years.

The garden around the pond has never been affected by the fires and is said to closely resemble the original.

It was designed by a priest Muso Soseki, who also designed the garden of Saiho-ji, Koke-dera or Moss Temple. It is a strolling style garden but the path around the pond is closed to the public.

Nevertheless it still has an open-spaced cheerful atmosphere with a backdrop of mountains showing seasonal colours throughout the year.


  1. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

  2. The place looks so serenely peaceful. I bet one can really lose the concept of time when walking around this temple. Thanks a bunch for another good virtual trip! :o) Happy Holidays and Happy 2010!