A short and enjoyable walk along the Hozu River leads to the famous Tenryū-ji Temple, one of the most important Zen temples in Kyoto, Japan. During our visit, Tenryu-ji’s main halls were being renovated which was a big downer. Luckily, this temple has a very fascinating garden, which unlike other temple gardens, has survived in its original form making the stroll around the complex more than worth it. The garden features a central pond called Sogen-chi pond surrounded by rocks, pine trees, maple trees that will undoubtedly turn magical in autumn, and the green Arashiyama mountains accenting the background.

The garden featuring Sogen-chi pond (曹源地) surrounded by rocks, pine trees, maple trees and mountains at Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
The garden featuring Sogen-chi pond (曹源地) surrounded by rocks, pine trees, maple trees and mountains at Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
The garden featuring Sogen-chi pond (曹源地) surrounded by rocks, pine trees, maple trees and mountains at Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
The garden featuring Sogen-chi pond (曹源地) surrounded by rocks, pine trees, maple trees and mountains at Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
Sogen-chi pond 曹源地 and the O-Hojo building at Tenryu-ji Temple (天龍寺) in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
Sogen-chi pond 曹源地 and the O-Hojo building at Tenryu-ji Temple (天龍寺) in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
One of the buildings within the complex grounds of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama District in Kyoto, Japan.
One of the buildings within the complex grounds of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama District in Kyoto, Japan.
One of the buildings within the complex grounds of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama District in Kyoto, Japan.
One of the buildings within the complex grounds of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama District in Kyoto, Japan.

Located in the rural and scenic Arashiyama district, Tenryū-ji Temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, primarily to venerate Gautama Buddha, and its first chief priest Musō Soseki. This temple is over 650 years old (!), with its construction in 1345. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

Hubby and I with the Sogen-chi pond (曹源地) in our background at Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.
Hubby and I with the Sogen-chi pond (曹源地) in our background at Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.

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