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Tenjuan garden: Autumn leaves and night illumination in Kyoto. 天授庵の紅葉

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Autumn leaves in Tenjuan garden

Syoin, a study of Zen temple 書院

天授庵書院

  Zen temple usually has a study called Shoin. At Tenjuan, we cannot enter it in daytime but can have a good view of a garden belongs to it from the entrance.

 Take advantage of pillars as flame and enjoy it as though you saw a painting.

With a cell-phone camera, you cannot take beautiful photos of it. Do not go to Tenjuan without camera.

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With camera, pls.

Zen rock garden 本堂前庭園

Overview

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 After Shoin, we head for Zen rock garden. It belongs to the main hall and you can admire it sitting on the terrace as long as you want. Tenjuan temple was renovated many times but the passage cosits of step stones enclosed by moss is the debris of the day of its foundation in the 14th century.

 The garden has many exquisitely trimmed pine trees and amazing maple trees. In fall, we have 3 best times to adore it.

 Around 10th November

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 In this period, the maple leaves in the garden seem as if they were gradually turned their colors in front of us.

 People always rush into shrines and temples when autumn leaves are in full bloom. They never know they miss one of the most amazing moment.

 Around 15th November

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 In this period, most of the maple leaves in the garden is in full bloom. As you see, the red autumn leaves in Tenjuan is very warm and tender. This is a peculiar thing in Tenjuan garden. We never expect such impression in any other gardens. Some of them are on the white pebbles. Japanese people love to enjoy autumn leaves on ground because fallen leaves reveal they are in the midst of the season and the nature.

 Around 20th November

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 In the period, the maple trees in front of the gate is in bloom though the other trees in the garden is going away.

 With plenty of time, it is recommended to go to Tenjuan 3 times in fall.

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Mid-November is the most recommended!

Stroll garden 書院前庭園

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 We have another garden in Tenjuan: a stroll garden belongs to Shoin. It is the garden we saw at the entrance of Shoin. Stroll garden has at least one pond and visitors enjoy it strolling around the pond. Tenjuan has two ponds. After the zen garden, we pass the first one on Yatsu-hashi bridge. It consists of many boards and is traditional bridge in Japanese garden. Today, a few gardens have it.

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 After Yatsu-hashi, we face the main pond. Around it, we can admire pale leaves and their reflection on the pond. They are in typical “Higashiyama-color.”(I named it. The autumn leaves in Higashiyama is so pale.)

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 Take a close inspection of red leaves. This is “warm and tender red.”

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 On the other hand, yellow leaves are so bright.

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 This is may favorite way to enjoy the pond: Autumn leaves with carps.

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The stroll garden is in bloom in mid November as same as the   zen garden.

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The night illumination in Tenjuan

Shoin and its garden 書院と書院前庭園

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 On the contrary to daytime, we can enter the Shoin!

At night, we can enter the Shoin and the main hall. On the other hand, we cannot be in the gardens.

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 How beautiful!  At Tenjuan, maple trees illuminated in dim light. Behind the trees, we can see bamboos. Some temples has bamboo trees illuminated but we cannot see them and maple trees at the same time. In Tenjuan, our dreams come true.

The Zen garden 天授庵本堂前庭園

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 In Zen garden, maple trees are illuminated so warm.

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But it is SO COLD in night! Prepare for it!

Dates and opening hours

 Dates: From November 15th to November 30th

 Opening hours: 18:00~21:00

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How to stroll in the gardens?

Check the video. Sorry, not in fall but in amazing snow!

雪の天授庵/Tenju-an in snow : 京都ヤギガイド
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A time to visit Tenjuan

 As I indicated before, we have 3 best times to visit Tenjuan temple; around 10th, 15th, and 20th November. It must be hard to go there 3 times but if you wanted to enjoy the autumn leaves in Tenjuan wholeheartedly, it is recommended to go there 3 times.

 If you didn’t have enough time to spare, you would be there in mid-November.

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It is hard to tell when maple leaves are in full bloom. Be sure the dates indicated in this article are examples, O.K.?

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The recommended Autumn leaves sites near Tenjuan

 Tenjuan is a sub-temple of Nanzenji temple and it would be better to enjoy the autumn colors there.

 In five minutes walk, we can reach Eikando temple, the most popular site for maple trees in Kyoto.

 In addtion to it, we can get to Konkai Komyoji and Sinyodo. They are underrated places to admire autumn leaves. We can find so bright red leaves.

 If you wanted to adore pale colors, it is recommended to go Enkoji temple.

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A short history of Tenjuan temple

 Tenjuan is a sub-temple and Kaisantoh(開山塔) of Nanzenji temple. Kaisantoh is a pagoda of a monk who founded a Buddhist temple. In the 14th century, emperor Kogon (光厳上皇) asked Daimyokokushi (大明国師), a Buddhist monk, to found Nanzenji temple. It is the first Buddhist temple established by emperor’s request.

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About Tenjuan temple

Name  Zuiho-zan Tenjuan 瑞龍山天授庵

Address  Nanzenji Fukuchi cho, Sakyo ward, Kyoto city, 〒606-8435

Phon no. 075-771-0744

Website  Not available

Opening hours 8:40~17:00

Entrance fee 500 yen

Adult and University students 400 yen High school students 300 yen 

Junior high and elementary school students 200 yen

Time required 30 minutes~

Crowded?・・・★★★★☆ 4 of 5

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How to get to Tenjuan temple

About 10 minutes walk form Kyoto city subway Keage station.

More info;

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