A splendid bamboo grove stands behind the Tenryuji Temple, surrounding a narrow trail that leads to the Nonomiya shrine and the Okochi Sanso Villa and providing a unique atmosphere to walk around. The sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo canes has been voted as one of the "hundred must be preserved sounds of Japan".
Tenryu-ji is considered as one of "Kyoto's Five Great Zen Temples" and is designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1994. The Temple was founded in 1339 by the ruling Shogun, Ahikaga Takauji, to venerate Gautama Buddha and its construction was completed by 1345. The buildings however were lost to fire in several occasions throughout history and most of the present structures date from the end of the relatively modern Meiji Period (early 1900's).
Tenryu-ji is best known for its excellent and ancient landscape garden which, unlike the temple's buildings, has survived during centuries and remains in its original form. The garden was created by the renown garden designer Muso Soseki and features a circular layout around a large pond which is nationally designated as "Special Place of Scenic Beauty".
JR Sagano Line
Bus no. 11,93
All of the main attractions of Arashiyama are located near Arashiyama bus strop or can be reached within a 10 minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama train station. It is recommended arriving by train in order to avoid traffic jams, especially during weekends.
The whole area can be explored on foot, by rental bike or riding a Rickshaw.