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.
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.
Check on Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Tenryū-ji Temple: