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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001, Japan
+81 75-463-2216
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Ranked #23 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We were at Ryoanji Temple in a rainy afternoon, and this was a very good idea, because there isn't so many people, and we stayed quietly seated on the terrace, contemplating the zen garden. It's very funny counting the stones: everytime the number it's different!

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Either you love it or you really don't. I sure did like it but I did not find it very impressive. Maybe if you are connected to stones and stone gardens more than me you will love it. Sitting down in front of the rocks did not change my life. And for the rocks and the gravel floor I found... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Not too far from Golden Temple we took a little walk down to the Ryoanji Temple. I can't remember what the entrance fee was but it was very reasonable. You must remove your shoes before entering the temple but there is plenty of space to put them somewhere. The famous rocks are great to sit out and just think or... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Zen garden is amazing, so calm and peaceful. I found the energy there to be extremely vibrant. I was able to clear my mind and body by meditation. I still fell the wonder of the place just thinking about it. A lasting memory of a great time with my wife.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The rock garden beckons you to sit and look. Then the looking becomes reflection. Everyone was sitting quietly, which assists in the feelings of peace and well being was a part of our visit here. I was most surprised at my feeling towards this temple.

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Ryoanji temple is another of the popular Kyoto temples most famously for the 15 rocks in the shingle bed. For me there were too many people around to really enjoy the experience. By contrast the walk around and into the island on the lake was far more relaxing and a lot quieter. In terms of overall space I think... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Conveniently located along the JR bus route, this temple is just a short walk from the stop or easy to walk to from the Golden Pagoda. The garden outside is wonderful and a great warm-up to the actual temple and zen garden. You will be asked to show your ticket again and to take off your shoes. Take a moment... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Relaxing atmosphere. Take your time in the intriguing zen dry garden. Stroll around the beautiful landscape garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

At first I didn't know what to think of a stone garden, but when I entered this mystical place all doubts were blown away. The garden is really impressive and makes you ponder about the thoughts behind hind. It is surrounded by a nice park with a beautiful lake that is perfect for a relaxing walk.

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Speers Point, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Japan's most famous Hiraniwa (flat zen garden / no pond) left me a little flat (excuse the pun)! Hugely popular and surely simple and harmonious but quite frankly I found the rock gardens in the temple grounds to be more attractive - perhaps I needed more time to appreciate the simplicity? Pluses: Close to Kinkaku-ji (short bus ride), nice pond... More

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