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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 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Ryoanji has beautiful Japanese gardens, which in themselves make it a lovely place to spend some time. But then there's the famous Zen Rock Garden which left me quite speechless. Not sure what it is about the simple white gravel with 5 or 6 rock mounds in its 10m x 25m enclosure, but there is definitely something magical about it.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Have seen this garden many times in gardening books... It is all the more magical in person. A very serene and restful location... Must see if you are a gardener

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Not knowing anything about meditation or Zen Buddhism, we were interested to see what was so special about 15 rocks and their arrangement - what made this a perfect Zen garden? Our family sat for quite some time admiring the garden and contemplating its meaning and ended up staying there much longer than expected and left quite relaxed. We appreciated... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect when I visited this famous zen garden. However, the entire experience from time you enter, removing your shoes and then walking on the wooden floors of the old temple to the zen garden prepares you for what you will see. The dark rooms of the temple open up to the rock garden. Visitors sit along... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The rock garden in Ryoanji is synonymous with Kyoto and a quintessential visit. Visited there around 4pm to avoid the group tour, there was a small crowd but quite peaceful in general. Try to spend some time in the garden and relax, it takes time to soak in.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Unless you know about meditation and can ignore the low murmurings of travellers trying to figure out the rock garden then it will probably be just 15 rocks sat on gravel. Nice enough to visit and say you have been. I also found it impressive that no blade of grass exists in the rockery. To me, the lake and surrounding... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Ryoanji Temple is only a short walk from the more publicly visited golden pavilion. The grounds contain a nice lake with gardens / path circling, and at the rear is the main temple with the rock garden. To be honest I enjoyed the rock garden more at the silver pavilion than here - perhaps I had too much expectations, but... More

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Stockholm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nice temple in a surrounding garden, but what makes it standout is really the rock garden created for zen meditation.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I first saw the rock garden in a little book about Japanese gardens forty years before I finally made the trip to Japan to see it. I had no idea that the garden lay in such a beautifully landscaped park and was so glad that I had gone to a convenience store near our hotel and brought a picnic with... More

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Edmonton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is a busy little temple but people are pretty respectful when sitting and viewing the rock garden. You can at least get an idea of the Zen culture sitting and contemplating while viewing the rock garden. It is quite complex in its simplicity. A great contrast to the large temples. One of the original great sources of this Zen... More

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