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.

tenjyuan study
tenjyuan garden

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.

tenjyuan pond garden

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

Address : Japan, 〒606-8435 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Nanzenji Fukuchichō, 86−8

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

Admission : 500 yen

Location : Nanzen-ji Temple

November : Check the event schedule

tenjyuan illumination

Tenjuan Garden Autumn Illumination

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.

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