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Tenryū-ji – Kyoto, Japan



(81)  75.881.1235
68 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō,
Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi,
Kyōto-fu 616-8385,


Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily  Summer
9:00-16:00    Daily  winter (Oct. 21-Mar. 20)

Built in 1339 by the ruling shogun of the time, Ashikaga Takauji, Tenryū-ji is another gem in Kyoto.

The famous garden was designed by Muso Soseki, who also created the fabulous garden of Kokedera (Moss Temple – which requires much advance planning and is on our bucket-list).

As Tenryū-ji is a large complex network of temples and gardens, we have the following recommended itinerary:

1. Bamboo grove

2. Okochi Sanso garden

3. Shingetsu vegetarian restaurant @ Tenryū-ji – reservation is mustand walk-ins will receive a firm “NO”!

Note: if you forget to make a reservation for Shingetsu you can go to any of the tofu restaurants on the main street leading to the train station

4. Tenryū-ji

5. Lunch at Tenryū-ji or any of the other restaurants on the way to the train station

We know eventually one gets “templed-out” in Kyoto; so we recommend to head to Tenryū-ji earlier in your stay.  It has many subtle and beautiful elements that may suffer in appreciation after such over the top builds such as the Golden Temple at Kinkaku-ji or the sheer scale of Kyomizu Dera!

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Shinjuku Gyoen – Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

(81)  33.350.0151
1 Naitomachi, Shinjuku,
Tokyo 160-0014, Japan


Open Hours:
09:00 – 16:00    Daily except holidays

Shinjuku Gyoen is a calm oasis in Tokyo’s bustling in Shinjuku.  Definitely worth a visit as it was originally an imperial garden for Lord Naito -, a “daimyo”(feudal lord).  Strolling through, you can experience the lovely landscaping that translates the earths peace into your body.  A rare occurrence without traveling far outside of major cities!  Cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in spring and chrysanthemums abound in summer.

Shinjuku Gyoen is considered  to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.  It shows the expansion of knowledge and culture as it divides into three main areas:  a French formal garden, an English landscape garden and a Japanese Traditional Garden.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace – Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

(81)  75.211.1215


Open Hours:
9:00-16:30    Daily

Sort of an easy one in Kyoto, the magestic residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, it immediately went through a Meiji Restoration in 1869. From the impressive gates of cypress-wood, throughout the entire complex you will be awed as you are in most of Kyoto.


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