Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is ranked as one of Kyoto’s top temples and a World Heritage site. The large, but fun to navigate complex houses a beautiful pond surrounded by well manicured gardens and stone decorations.

Budget travel tips

  • Combine a trip here with the bamboo forest next door.
  • Make sure you get a ticket for the gardens and buildings, it’s only an extra 100 yen!

How to get there

By bus, take the No.11, 28 or 93 bus to Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae.

From Kyoto station, take the JR Sagano Line to Saga-Arashiyama (16 minutes, 240 yen). The temple is just a minute south of here.


Opening time: 8:30-17:30 (Summer), 8:30-17:00 (Winter- Oct. 21-Mar. 20)

Garden Cost: Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen, Preschool free.

Building Entry Cost: Plus 100 yen.


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.