Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto’s most important Zen Buddhist Temple
Tenryu-ji, more formally known as Tenryū Shiseizen-ji, is a Zen temple located on a slope of the Arashiyama district of Kyoto. The importance of Teyryu-ji’s in Kyoto’s history and culture cannot be understated. It is ranked first among the city’s “Five Great Zen Temples”. Also called “heavenly dragon temple”, the temple is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list and Tenryu-ji is the head temple of the Tenryu-ji branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Tenryu-ji’s historical significance also completely intertwined with the battle for imperial control and direction of Kyoto and Japan.