Tenryu-ji Zen Temple and Sogenchi Garden – UNESCO World Heritage Site – Japan Holiday

On Christmas Day itself we took the train to the outskirts of Kyoto, to its Arashiyma district, and explored some of Kyoto’s Temples ad Gardens. Specifically Tenryu-ji Zen Temple surrounding area including Sogenchi Garden.

Tenryu-ji Zen Temple is inscribed on the World Heritage List as a Historic Monument of Ancient Kyoto. Originally built in 1255 as a detached palace with a view of Mt. Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji Zen Temple was converted into a Zen Temple in 1339. Its dynamic and sophisticated garden in built around a pond, with rock groupings forming ryumon-baku (Dragon Gate) waterfalls, stone bridges, and rock islands.

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Just outside the Temple is a beautiful Bamboo Path and Gardens.

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We also enjoyed walking around the Arashiyma District, especially taking in the design of some of the houses down the back roads and lane ways.

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Of course the girls kept pestering us for a man-buggy but walking let us do it at our pace.

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