Friday, July 3, 2015


A few steps away from Nanzen-in was the Tenju-an Temple. This sub temple of Nanzen-ji is dedicated to the Zen master who served Emperor Kameyama in his studies. The main hall, gate, and study date back to the early 17th century. 

There are two main gardens, a rock garden and pond garden on the grounds. The pond garden, or “south garden,” has two small waterfalls and is characterized by stepping stones and bridges that traverse the water. The rock garden, or “east garden,” contains a footpath of large square stones which were once part of the original temple complex.