Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Arashiyama – 嵐山のTenryuji (天龍寺)

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The route towards Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple is the same, and we pass by Tenryuji Temple first before reaching the Bridge. The streets are lined with various souvenir shops and we shopped along while walking to the temple and bridge. 😀

We spot this guard standing on the road and are amazed by his bright green uniform, and so we request a photo with him. He gladly accept our request, I suppose he’s used to tourist taking photos with him? Hehe.

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And here we are! At Tenryuji Temple.

It is the most important temple in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city’s five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site. Tenryuji is the head temple of its own school within the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.

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The walkway in from the entrance to the temple.

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Tenryuji was built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji. Takauji dedicated the temple to Emperor Go-Daigo, who had just passed away. The 2 important historic figures used to be allies until Takauji turned against the emperor in a struggle for supremacy over Japan. By building the temple, Takauji intended to appease the former emperor’s spirits.

Tenryuji’s buildings, were repeatedly lost in fires and wars over the centuries, and most of the current halls, including the main hall (Hojo), drawing hall (Shoin) and temple kitchen (Kuri) with its distinctive small tower, date from the relatively recent Meiji Period (1868 – 1912).

It’s a pity that the temple was under renovation when we were there. 😦

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Despite not able to see Tenryuji due to the renovation works, I still enjoy strolling around Tenryuji’s garden due to the beautiful landscape and autumn scene!

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Autumn leafs are really pretty! Red leafs and red torii gates are such a match. 😀

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There are various other buildings at the temple grounds. Not too sure about their history but I personally love these japanese architecture design.

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If only these maple leafs are red!

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Even though cherry blossoms and flowers during spring are beautiful, I am more for autumn season. The red, yellow, green mixture creates a mood that is somehow romantic, quiet and peaceful. Fall, I love you more than Sakuras.

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After Tenryuji Temple, there’s a shop opposite it selling Soya Bean flavor ice cream. It’s really really good! Soya Bean taste is so nice and fragrant, ice cream is smooth and not too sweet because it’s soya bean! Yummy! 😀

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A selfie of happy us with our Soya Bean Ice Cream before embarking down the road to Togetsugyo Bridge. 🙂

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