A little fast fact first – there are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto alone. You won’t be able to see everything that Kyoto has to offer in a day. It is essential that you pick the sites you want to see and carefully plan your route.
For our trip, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site we visited was the Tenryu-ji Temple. Tenryu-ji or Temple of the Heavenly Dragon is located in the Sagano District of Kyoto. It is the head temple of the Tenryu-ji branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. It was established in 1339 by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji in memory of Emperor Go-Daigo.
You can visit both the main hall and the garden but as for us, we only opted for the garden. Did I think we miss anything because we skipped the main hall? I personally don’t think so because the garden itself was so big. It was such a pleasure to take a stroll.
After going uphill you will find the North Exit. You can exit here and make your way to the Bamboo Grove. Don’t be like us and get lost trying to find a different exit just to get to the Bamboo Grove. 🙂
*There were a lot of people at the Bamboo Grove when we visited that it was hard to take a proper picture. Mike and I just decided to enjoy the moment and put our phones and cameras down. It was amazing when the wind blew. It’s like you’re somewhere else. I could definitely stay here all day.*