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Ryoanji Temple

Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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Ranked #29 of 508 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The gardens surrounding the temple are amazing, went on a slightly overcast day, but still beautiful, have some incredible photos. Could easily spent hours strolling around.

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Suwon, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

mainly stone garden. rocks and trees. fresh, calm and relaxing. area is a little bit wide and good for walking. kinkakuji and this temple are close, basic fare by taxi. if you want to see more beautiful garden, go and see ginkakuji (silver) temple.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This temple is the most serene place I have ever visited. As crazy as it may sound, go on a day when it is raining because 1) there aren't as many people crowding the temple and; 2) the rain drops help create a peaceful ambiance. Like other temples, there is an entrance fee, but it is worth it! I also... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This temple is very different than others, I don’t really get a temple feel out of it. It gave me more of a rock garden type feel. It’s different, and people just sit and enjoy the rocks and the sands/pebbles. It’s a nice place to relax and enjoy the view. I met a few other travelers here that was nice,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We visited Ryoanji Temple after Kinkaku-ji (golden temple), which is a must do and were very disappointed. It is over priced at 500 yen (compared to the cost of other places) and it was much smaller than expected.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Unless you can appreciate KARE-SANSUI and the fine arts around it, it is literally a stone garden and what you see on picture, that is pretty much it. I felt the wikipedia entry is more entertaining than the temple, however it has close proximity to Kinkakuji(a must see) so it did not really feel like a waste of time.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We visited this place on our tour and it is very relaxing. We were lucky as not many people so we could enjoy the walk. The famous Zen garden is amazing for its simplicity - remember you must take your shoes off - but love walking around the old building - I felt at peace. Equally the gardens and pond... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

When you are at Ryoanji, you will remember having to remove your shoes at the entrance and walking on the hundreds-year-old wood plank deck that has been polished glassy smooth by the thousands of visitors, monks and dignitaries included, for ages. This, no doubt, is a key part of the experience. I suppose they could have opted for the kinds... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

On our last morning in Kyoto, we had to make a difficult decision on where we would visit before catching the Shinkansen to Tokyo. We chose Ryoanji and were not disappointed. While it was great to personally view the famous Zen rock garden, we were equally impressed by the gardens surrounding Kyoyochi Pond and the beautiful fall colors. Arriving at... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Like many attractions in Kyoto this was crowded. The earlier you arrive the more peaceful it will be. We had an interesting experience with some young japanese students coming up to us to practice their English which was fun as they tend to keep to themselves. An overpriced restaurant overlooks the zen garden - we passed on this one.

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