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[Facility] Tenryu-ji Temple

[Hours] 8:30-17:30(21 Oct - 20 Mar:17:00), Reception ends 15 mins before closing
[Hols] Open all year round

  • Guide Dogs
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Unevenness (five or more centimeters)
  • Stairs
  • Equipped with Slopes
Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple

During the Muromachi period (1185-1333), at the recommendation of the monk Muso Soseki, Takauji Ashikaga had this temple built to perform religious rites for the departed soul of Emperor Go-Daigo. Over the centuries, the temple has burned down on numerous occasions, so nothing is left of the original structures except the pond garden Sogenchi-teien, offering a beautiful fusion of noble cultural traditions and Zen cultural cleverness. Borrowing the views afforded by mounts Kamiyama, Arishiyama and Ogurayama as a backdrop, the famed chisen-kaiyushiki garden (strolling garden incorporating a pond) was the first site in Japan to be designated as a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. And, in 1994, it was registered as a World Heritage Site.
Guide dogs are welcome (just in the garden), so visually impaired visitors can enjoy a visit to this temple. (Month checked: 2018.Dec, )

Location 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku,Kyoto, 616-8385
Tel 075-881-1235
Fax 075-864-2424
Access City Bus arashiyama-tenryuji-temple-mae Alight and 1-min walk, Kyoto Bus Keifuku Arashiyama Sta.-mae Alight and 1-min walk, JR Saga Arashiyama Sta. alight and walk 13min Hankyu Arashiyama Sta.: alight and walk 15min Randen Arashiyama Sta.: alight and destination is right there
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Disabled person and one their helper: ¥100 discount * Must present Disability Card
[Charge] Snr High Sch students and above: ¥500, Elementary & Jnr High Sch Students: ¥300
[Parking] 120 cars, 20 buses
[Wheelchair marked parking] None (however there is plenty of space to park)
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] Available
[Services] Guide dog OK/Multi-lingual pamphlet (English, Chinese, Korean)
[Areas where shoes are forbidden]Entry is possible if wheelchair tires are wiped or covers mounted (Hodo hall)
[Remarks]The wheelchair for worship map to accept

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Kitamon gate Tenryu-ji Temple

Kitamon gate Tenryu-ji TempleA gate will appear in the midst of the bamboo grove. It is the northeast entrance to the spacious Tenryu-ji Temple. There is a five-centimeter high step in front of the gate but, with assistance, entry is reasonably easy. The grounds slope down gently from west to east, so entering from the north gate and exiting from the east gate is advisable. The gravel on the ground is thin, so wheelchairs can move relatively easily. Also, admission staff will provide you with a route map for wheelchair users.

Gravel path at Tenryu-ji Temple

Gravel path at Tenryu-ji TempleThe ground is sparsely covered in gravel but there are low steps along the way.

Junction in front of Taho-den hall at Tenryu-ji Temple

Junction in front of Taho-den hall at Tenryu-ji TempleFor a comparatively smooth downhill trip take the right fork (photo) at the junction in front of the Taho-den hall. However, take care, as there is a stone bridge, steps and gullies along this route. Wheelchair users cannot realistically use the left fork as there are many consecutive stone steps to be negotiated.

Sogen-chi pond at Tenryu-ji Temple

Sogen-chi pond at Tenryu-ji TempleThis beautiful garden uses the backdrops of Kameyama, Arashiyama and Ogurayama to enhance its green views and leave viewers further enthralled.

White gravel at Tenryu-ji Temple

White gravel at Tenryu-ji TempleBright white sand beside the main hall leads all the way to the visitor's exit.

Slope in front of lobby at Tenryu-ji Temple

Slope in front of lobby at Tenryu-ji TempleThe several stone steps along the way are fitted with slopes. The center section is the route for wheelchair users.

Approach to Tenryu-ji Temple

Approach to Tenryu-ji TempleThe path continues along a section of large flagstones as part of the vehicle entrance to the temple. If you head south, you exit at Oigawa River, but traffic is heavy, so head east instead.

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