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