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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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If you Are visiting the golden pavillion, you should do this one as well. The rock garden consists of 15 rocks and measures only 25 x 10 meters, but is amazing to look at despite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Tromso, Norway

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If you Are visiting the golden pavillion, you should do this one as well. The rock garden consists of 15 rocks and measures only 25 x 10 meters, but is amazing to look at despite its simplicity. Absolutely well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Recently featured in the BBC Japan diaries series, looked stunning on the programme and a hit with the locals. If I'm honest it did looked like a large stone 'dumped' on a gravel driveway but when you understand the art and serenity it does become quite beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I thought of skipping this temple when I read the reviews, but I am so glad I didn't. After going to The Golden Temple (with tons of crowds and no direct access into the temple), Ryoanji was amazing. There is a gorgeous pond with picturesque water lilies and the gardens are lush and beautiful. I think I got lucky as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

To me, Ryoanji's famous Zen stone garden is one of the most beautiful and serene locations in all of Japan. I could sit for hours on its famous deck, overlooking perhaps the most famous such garden in the world. Learn about this garden's mysterious origins, and contemplate its hidden depths.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This facility is located just to the north of Kyoto in the foothills that surround the city. The history is not well documented, but it apparently started out as the Fujiwara family villa in the 11th century. As so often happened during these times, the family turned it over to become a temple, which was built along with the large... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I was feminized to see rock garden as we normally think of beautiful flowers picture when we say, Garden. Actually the purpose of this garden to dwell inside of the oneself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I need to thank my husband for insisting on seeing Japanese gardens as Ryoanji was originally not a part of our day plan. The temple was surround by lush fresh green of the spring time it was absolutely beautiful. The garden was wonderful as well just to look at, but it would make you appreciate it even more when you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I belive the core of beauty is simplicity. This temple and the garden reflect it really well. The style of garden is completely different from europe's or even china or other asian's.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Lovely shrine a bit outside Kyoto's main proper - probably 30 min bus ride from the centre. The temple is great for a short stop over. The stone garden section is beautifully maintained and very quaint. You can pause for a while and have a moment of reflection even though you will likely have swarms of people around you. Apart... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I bet I would have love the rock garden very much if the place had not been so crowded. With so many people around, I just couldn't put calm my mind to appreciate this famous sight.

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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