The Tenryuji Temple is located a bit outside the main part of Kyoto, in the area of Arashiyama, but you can make a temple visit a perfect part of one day in this area.
This temple is one of the most visited UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto.
Walking around the temple grounds and Japanese gardens can be a bit of a cultural experience.
And if you’re looking for even more of a cultural experience, you may consider trying out the “zen vegetarian restaurant” (Shigetsu restaurant) that’s located at the temple too.
Tenryuji Temple as part of one day Kyoto itinerary
I went to the Tenryuji Temple as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:
- Sagano scenic tourist train
- Okochi Sanso Garden (and teahouse)
- Arashiyama bamboo forest
- Tenryuji Temple
- Togetsukyo bridge
- Arashiyama monkey park
Getting to Tenryuji Temple
The temple has more than one entry, and which you’ll want to enter from will depend on where you’re coming from!
A bit more of what you can see with a visit to Tenryuji Temple!
How much does entry to Tenryuji Temple cost?
So you can choose to get a ticket to just walk through the temple grounds. That would be the garden ticket, and that will be 500 yen (US$5).
If you want to walk through the temple itself, you’ll need to buy a temple ticket, and that is 300 yen (US$3).
Price subject to change! This photo was taken August 2018.
HAPPY TENRYUJI TEMPLE VISIT!
Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Tenryuji!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi Inari shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path walk
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.
Hotels in KyotoSearch for deals on Kyoto hotels here.
For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.
Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.
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The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)
There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.
You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)
I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!
The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.
So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.
Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.
If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
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