While the temple—originally founded in 1399—and its buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt several times, the garden dates from its founding. Walk the garden, designed by landscape architect Muso Soseki, to enjoy its large central pond surrounded by rocks and trees. Soseki's design takes advantage of the “borrowed scenery” of nearby mountains for extra depth. The temple complex comprises several buildings, including the Dharma Hall, home to the Cloud-Dragon painting.
Tenryu-ji Temple, a popular tourist attraction, features on numerous Kyoto sightseeing tours, alongside other area attractions such as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Kyoto highlights, such as Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, or Kinkaku-ji Temple.