Now it’s time to take a look to the other side of Kyoto – the areas known as Arashiyama & Sagano in the foothills of the mountains that run north-south along the west side of the valley Kyoto sits in.

Tenryu-ji is a visual delight. It is a major temple of the Renzai school of Zen and was built in 1339. The word Tenryu translates to “heavenly dragon”, relating to a dream that the then-Emperor had that resulted in the building of temple at this site. The Zen garden surrounding the buildings date to the 14th century. All the little elements throughout the complex are exquisite. A real treat and good medicine for the soul.




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