The wonderful thing about having visited many of Kyoto's most famous temple and shrines is that I feel I can take my time when going to see them for a second time. I have fond memories of Tenjuan-ji, visiting the small garden a few years ago with Nishida-sensei at the height of autumn colours. Back then it was bursting with people, but today we had the place to ourselves. The perfect way to begin our holiday.
The Tenjuan sub-temple, though open to the public, is only open in the spring and autumn. The sub-temple was founded in the late 14th century by Kokan Shiren in honor of Priest Fumon, the founder of Nanzen-ji. Much like the other buildings here this temple was leveled in the Onin Wars and was not rebuilt until 1602 by Hosokawa Yusai. The Hondo, Shoin and Main Gate of Tenjuan that were rebuilt in 1602 are all still standing today.
Within the Hondo is a wooden statue of Fumon, a self portrait of Fumon, several painted fusumas with landscapes and the like, and portraits of Hosokawa and his wife. On the sub-temple's grounds is a small cemetery with Hosokawa Yusai and a few well known figures of the Meiji area.