A small sub-temple dedicated to the Zen master in the Nanzen-ji Temple’s grounds, a few steps away from the Sanmon-gate.
Tenjuan Temple is a small sub temple of Nanzen-ji Temple. The temple dedicated to the Zen master who served the Emperor Kameyama in his religious studies. The name Tenjuan (天授庵 ), literarily means “Heaven Given”. Tenjuan Temple has a main hall, a study and two gardens which date back to the early 17th century. A rock garden feature dry stones, moss, trees and geometric patterns. And a stroll-style garden is beautifully created with a pond centered. The both gardens are particularly stunning in the spring and autumn.
Tenjuan’s secret gardens
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.
Hours : 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 during winter)
Admission : 500 yen
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.