Tenryuji Temple is located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, and is a World Heritage Site and a representative Zen temple of Arashiyama.

Tenryuji Temple is a popular spot known for its “Sogenchi Teien”, a strolling pond garden that changes from season to season, Daruma painting (an illustration of Bodhidharma, one of the founder of the Zen sect), and Cloud dragon painting on the ceiling.

Daruma painting at Tenryuji TempleDaruma painting

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About Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple was established in 1339 by shogun Ashikaga Takauji and eminent Zen master Muso Soseki appointed as founding abbot.
The purpose of Tenryuji Temple’s construction was to mourn the loss of Emperor Godaigo.

At that time, Tenryuji Temple covered a vast area, including Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge, and Kameyama Park to the west of the temple.

Togetsu-kyo Bridge at ArashiyamaTogetsukyo Bridge

Tenryuji Temple suffered eight major fires in 1358, 1367, 1373, 1380, 1447, 1468, 1815, and 1864.
In addition, the city was severely damaged during the Onin War (a civil war that lasted for 11 years and was mainly fought in Kyoto).
Despite these adversities, Tenryuji Temple has continued to rebuild and reconstruct itself, and is still standing today.

Cloud dragon painting at Tenryuji TempleThere is also a Cloud dragon painting at Daihojo (Abbot’s Quarters)

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Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺)


Tenryuji's buildings are occasionally closed without notice for special ceremonies and other activities.


[Garden Only] Adult (High school students and older): 500yen, Child (Elementary and middle school students): 300yen. [Tenryuji Garden and Buildings] Adult (High school students and older): 800yen, Child (Elementary and middle school students): 600yen. [Special Admission to the Cloud-Dragon Painting in the Hatto (Dharma Hall)] 500yen


68 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City , Kyoto 616-8385


1 minute walk from Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae bus stop.
2 minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.
4 minute walk from Arashiyama bus stop.
6 minute walk from Arashiyama Koen bus stop.
7 minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station
12 minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station and Hankyu Arashiyama Sta. bus stop.


(Keifuku Electric Railroad) Arashiyama Station
Keifuku Randen Tram Line

(JR) Saga-Arashiyama Station
Sagano Line

(Hankyu Railway) Arashiyama Station
Arashiyama Line

Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus

Arashiyama (bus stop)
Kyoto Bus

Arashiyama Koen (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus

Hankyu Arashiyama Sta. (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus