[Official Name] Tenryu-ji temple
[Location] Saga Tenryu-ji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
[Kaizan] Muso Soseki (Kokushi)
[Origin] This Zen temple was built in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji, at the time of Emperor Gosaga's Kameyama Rikyu, to mourn for the death of Emperor Godaigo. Muso Kokushi was appointed as the Kaisan.
The garden, placed on the backside of the Hojyo, still keeps the vestige of the time when the garden was made. The traditions of the noble's culture and the Zen style technique fused to make a temple which provides a beautiful scenery every season.
In 1339, Ashikaga Takauji made Muso Kokushi build this temple which is the basis temple of the Rinzai-shu sect, in order to mourn for the death of Emperor Godaigo. Takauji restarted the trade with China in order to gain the money needed for the construction. It is said that a trading ship called "Tenryu-ji-bune" was used for the trade.
This garden, which skillfully takes in the scenery of Arashiyama and Kameyama as if they are a part of the garden is very famous. It is quite a large garden with the lake in the center. The graceful and unique beauty fascinates many people's hearts.
The view of Tenryu-ji
Tenryu-ji's red leaves