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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001, Japan
+81 75-463-2216
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Ranked #24 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
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Type: Religious Sites
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Close to the Kinkaku-ji this Buddhist temple with Zen garden is very peaceful. The blossom added to its beauty and it is well worth a visit.

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This was a short walk from the Golden Pavillion and well worth the visit. There was a beautiful Zen Rock Garden which was beautiful to view. it was a zen training center. There were so many cherry blossoms in April and beautiful maple treed. It was truly a special and beautiful place to visit.

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98 reviews 98 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

only about 1km or so from Kinkakuji Temple and worth the walk over there and doing the circuit just to see the rock garden as it is iconic.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We visited this temple (like millions of others....) because we particularly wanted to see the rock garden. We hopped on a 59 bus from just outside Kinkakuji Temple. We were very impressed with the rock garden and it is possible to take pictures without any people in them which is great! The rest of the gardens were lovely. It was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Easily the best temple we visited in Kyoto. Located somewhat away from the mainstream (we took a taxi from the station, about yen 2500) it was relatively quite. The complex is draped around a small lake and has stunningly good views wherever you look. The rock garden, for which this place is known, is nice but not great. But overall... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The famous Rock Garden at Ryoanji Temple is the highlight of the Temple. I wasn't expecting much but was really impressed with the Rock Garden. I thought it was one of the most zen places I have ever visited. It is definitely one of the highlights among many during our visit to Kyoto. Admission is 500 yen per person.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Also known as the rock garden, this is also another interesting place to visit in Kyoto. This is a place where you will learn about Japanese gardens.

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Yokosuka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Took my girlfriend through this garden and experienced many different structures and plant life. The rock garden was okay. It added to an already good experience. If the garden was just the rock garden and temple, it would still be good, but the grounds of this place are massive making it an A++++ experience.

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Tuscany, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

How make it. It's amazing here. How to keep this garden. Really Japanese ppl is make good culture. Also Japan original food KAISEKI and TENPURA and SUSHI is healthy.

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boston, MA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

walked to this temple from Kinkakuji temple. about a 30 min walk straight down the road. was told to visit the Zen rock garden. was pretty tired by the time i got to the temple. entered the rock garden area and was just in awe. the rock garden looks like a typical zen rock garden and there were many tourists,... More

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