Tenryu-Ji Temple(天龍寺)


①Beautiful gardens where the heart of Zen is expressed and history.

②”Unryuzu(Cloud Dragon)” in Dharma hall and many temple treasures and cultural assets held.

③You can join some temple events!!

How to get to Tenryu-ji Temple from Kyoto Station

When going to Tenryu-ji Temple by train

●JR Kyoto Sation ➡ Sagaarashiyama Station

You can take JR Sagano line.

It takes 12min. Adult fare is 240 yen.

JR Sagano Line depart from 32 or 33 in Kyoto Station.

Both the express train and the regular stop. These rains come to station every 10min or 15min.

When going to Tenryu-ji Temple by bus

●JR Kyoto station(Bus stop)  ➡ Tenryu-ji Temple

・No.28 :Daikakuji Temple Via Arashiyama

(You should get off the bus at Arashiyama Tenryu-ji mae bus stop.)

It takes 45min. Adult fare is 230 yen.

You should be considered waiting time and traffic jam.

①Beautiful gardens where the heart of Zen is expressed and history.

Tenryu-ji is known for scenic beauty place and a temple representing Arashiyama. In 1994, Tenryu-ji registered as a World heritage site. There are many places to visit and there is no shortage of visitors. (Sougenchi-teien where you can enjoy the beautiful of each season, Cloud dragon figure drawn on the ceiling of Hatto. etc) In recent years, Zazen and Shakyo, which are regularly held are also popular.

In 1339, Tenryu-ji of the building was begun, but it had a hard time raising funds. Finally Tenryu-ji has completed. Unfortunately there are hard any buildings left at the time of construction due to frequent fire and wars, natural disasters. Only Shougann-ji, Jisai-in, Kougen-ji are still Muromachi style buildings and buildings built in the middle of the Edo period.

【Shougenchi-teien 曹源池庭園】

Shougenchi-teien was made by Musou Souseki. The garden is said it is only that keeps the image of the founding days in ※Garan and a type of Japanese garden with a pond in the centre. It benefits from the scenery of Arashiyama and Kameyama, Ogurayama and this garden in which graceful dynasty culture Zen culture skillfully blend in.

※Garan・・・The monks do training place.

There are many attractions, but I would like you to pay attention “Ryumon-no-taki” which is two huge stones located in front of the center. A fish stone(this stone looks like a fish), usually placed under the waterfall, is placed besides with waterfall stream. This is said to have represented the figure in the middle of becoming a dragon, it is rare things not seen so much elsewhere.

Although the garden is famous for the beauty of autumn leaves, there are also the beauty of each in spring, summer and winter.If you want to enjoy the garden as slowly as possible, I am recommended that you visit in the seasons except autumn.

The contrast with the massive buildings and the seasonal flowers and autumn leaves is wonderful and you never get bored. Cherry blossoms and autumn leaves are particularly famous for spring,but the summer and verdant winter beauty that is full of greenery is also worth a look.

“Unryuzu(Cloud Dragon)” in Dharma hall and many temple treasures and cultural assets held.

Tenryu-ji, which has a long history, has many temple treasures. There is also many things designated as sculptural properties. Among the temple treasures, “Unryuzu(the cloud dragon)” is well known which painted on the celling of Hatto. The dragon in all direction painted in black are full of liveliness, it is representative of treasures possessed by Tenryu-ji Temple.

A huge dragon is drawn in a circle of 9m in diameter. This dragon is drawn as “Happo-Nirami (The dragon keeping an eye on all quarters.)”. It is mysterious picture that looks like he is envied from anywhere. It was originally drawn in “Washi(Japanese paper)” by Suzuki Matsunen in Meiji era but, damage was severe and unable to repair, and it was drawn by Kayama and newly created art gallery in 1980’s.

Unryu-zu(the cloud dragon) is not usually released, but can be viewed only at the time of special release.  The admission fee costs 500yen separately from “Hon-do(the main hall)” and garden, when you want to look at the dragon. Internal shooting is prohibited.

Please be aware that some temple treasures are always open to the public, and others have a limited period such as Unryu-zu(the cloud dragon).

You can join some temple events!!

In Tenryu-ji, various events are held throughout the year. And there are also regular events where worshipers can feel free to participate.  I introduce one thing among them!!

“Zazen”, “Ryumonkai”,”Shyakyo” are held as regular events. “Ryumonkai” is sermons after “Zazen”.

“Zazen” and “Ryumonkai” are free and reservation not required, so you can join in addition to worship. When you want to do “Shyakyo”, you have to reserve and pay 1,000yen apart from the admission fee. Tools for “Shyakyo” are prepared. The date and how to apply are listed on the official site. (The site is in English)

entrance fee



1: When you go into Sougenchi-Teien(曹源池庭園) and Hyakka-en(百花苑), charge will be incurred.

High school students or older: 500yen

Child(Elementary school, Junior Hight school) : 300yen

Admission is free preschool children.

2:If you go into Shoin(書院) and Daihoujyou(大方丈) and Thouden(多宝殿), you need to pay an additional charge to the charge of Sougenchi-Teien(曹源池庭園) and Hyakka-en(百花苑).

High school students or older: 300yen

Child(Elementary school, Junior Hight school) : 300yen

Admission is free preschool children:300yen

3: If you want to watch “Tenryu-zu (Dragon in Clouds)”

High school students or older: 500yen

Child(Elementary school, Junior Hight school) : 500yen

Admission is free preschool children:500yen

Opening hours

OPEN: 8:30am〜 5:30pm  (21st Oct 〜 20th Mar / 8:30am〜5:00pm)



If you go sightseeing in Kyoto or Arashiyama, you will tend to see Togetsukyo and Bamboo forest, but there is also a splendid temple like Tnryu-ji temple. The time of autumn leaves is very crowded, so  you should make your schedule enough time for visiting.


  1. Hirano Jinja Shrine (平野神社)

  2. Nonomiya Jinja Shrine(野宮神社)

  3. Kenkun Jinja Shrine (建勲神社)

  4. Kinkaku-Ji Temple(金閣寺)

  5. Shonen-Ji Temple(Cat dera)(称念寺/猫寺)

  6. Jojakko-Ji Temple(常寂光寺)

  7. Injo-Ji Temple(Senbon Enmado)(引接寺/千本ゑんま堂)

  8. Anraku-Ji Temple (安楽寺)

  9. Daihouon-Ji temple/Senbonshaka-do(大報恩寺/千本釈迦堂)