Tenryū-ji is a temple and gardens founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339. It’s purpose at the time was to venerate Gautama Buddha. It’s considered as one of Kyoto’s so-called Five Mountains. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tenryuji dates from the Muromachi period in Japan’s 14th-16th century. Among its many attractions is the Sogenchi pond and garden. Ths is the only original feature of the temple that has survived the centuries – designed by the famous priest and garden designer, Muso Soseki.
Watch my video from Tenryu-Ji temple
When we went there last year, the autumn leaves were on the verge of warming into feiry explosions of colour. Although we only got a bare hint of that. Even still, the video and stills from the walk through Tenryu-Ji were beautiful. You are guaranteed beautiful views at any time of year.