Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tenryuji and Arashiyama

On our third November day in Kyoto we went west to the Arashiyama area and the Tenryuji Temple.

The temple was founded in in 1339 and is now recognized as a World Heritage Site.

It is especially recognized for its garden and pond, designed by Muso Soseki (1275-1351). Although the buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt several times, the stroll garden and pond have survived over the centuries intact.

One of the most prominent features is the view across the pond of the stone waterfall and bridge and the integration of borrowed scenery using the mountains of Arashiyama.


Wandering out the north gate of Tenryuji you head straight into the bamboo forest -

An amazing, cathedral-like forest of bamboo as far as you can see on either side of the path/road.

I probably don't need to tell you how wonderful the bamboo is in Japan. You see it everywhere both growing and being used in gardens and construction. On the way wandering back to the bus stop in Arashiyama we passed this bamboo mill.

And further along the way some persimmons and camellias, other beautiful and commonly seen residents of Japan.