tenjyuan temple


In the Nanzen-ji Temple’s grounds, a few steps away from the Sanmon-gate is the Tenjuan Temple, which is a small sub-temple dedicated to the Zen master.

The name Tenjuan 「天授庵 」 literarily means “Heaven Given”.

Tenjuan Temple has a main hall, a study and two gardens, a rock garden featuring dry stones, moss, trees and geometric patterns and a stroll-style pond garden, which are both stunning in the spring and autumn.

Visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the rock garden while sitting on a wooden porch and stroll the path around the pond in a lush garden.

In Autumn, the garden is colored with brilliant red autumn leaves. It particularly attractive during autumn illumination in the evenings.

tenjyuan study
●A view from the study
tenjyuan garden
● The rock garden in autumn


tenjyuan pond garden
● The pond garden
● “Shoin”, a study house with autumn colors

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Hours : 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 during winter)

Admission : 500 yen

Location : Nanzen-ji Temple


tenjyuan illumination

Tenjuan Garden autumn illumination/ Kyoto

Tenjuan Temple’s beautiful gardens are lit up for the special night visit. Brilliant autumn colours and beautiful gardens create the fantastic scenery in the night. Lit up : 17:30 to…

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