68 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō,
Kyōto-fu 616-8385, Japan
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
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!