Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

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:

 

 

So…

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!

I was coming from the direction of the Okochi Sanso Gardens and the bamboo forest, after taking the Sagano scenic train and arriving at the Arashiyama torokko station.

 

Tenryuji temple entry. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple with bamboo grove. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple Japanese gardens with bamboo grove and moss. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Now…

A bit more of what you can see with a visit to Tenryuji Temple!

 

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Tenryuji temple visit. UNESCO world heritage site in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

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).

 

Tenryuji temple ticket cost how much - temple ticket, garden ticket. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Price subject to change! This photo was taken August 2018.

 

 

Tenryuji temple and Japanese gardens. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

HAPPY TENRYUJI TEMPLE VISIT!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Tenryuji!

 

 



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