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Ryoanji Temple

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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Stunning gardens, never mind the world famous rock garden the whole place is amazing ... simply gorgeous, enchanting, exhilarating, vibrant, colorful, simple but just stunning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Stunning gardens, never mind the world famous rock garden the whole place is amazing ... simply gorgeous, enchanting, exhilarating, vibrant, colorful, simple but just stunning. Easy to get to by JR line or Kyoto local bus.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

People come here to visit the garden, but... "No trees are to be seen, only fifteen rocks and white gravel are used in the garden." Is such a place worth a visit? Of course it is, because "it is up to each visitor to find out for himself what this unique garden signifies. The longer you gaze at it, the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The Ryoan-ji Temple and the famous rock garden is something I read about in architecture school, and has been on my bucket list ever since. this garden that comes close to perfection is houses in a temple which is equally breathtaking. Entering it really transports you to a quieter and serene environment. Definitely worth the visit for some peace and... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Home of a world famous Zen rock garden. I was excited when I heard about and put it on my must see list.White raked gravel with largish rocks placed on them in a walled area. That was it. Enter a temple, take off your shoes and walk over there, to look, contemplate. It was not impressive, it was not inspiring,... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The grades and of course the Zen garden are amazing. It is good that they have a little amphitheater in front of the stones garden. You can seat and watch and inhale this beauty. Couldn't stop.

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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Really close to Golden Paviljon is this Zenbudhism temple with famoust rock garden. It is made 1400 century and it is fabulos. You can see 14 rock same time everu directions, there is 15,but.... It is also Unescos world Heritage list. The Golden paviljon is with walking distance. Jormaa

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Seremban, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Zen temple with a small rock garden, pond with Mandarin ducks and a garden to explore. Nothing much really but if you have the time it's worth a visit.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Most people go there for the famous "stone garden" which is only a small part of the whole area. There are very beautiful gardens around it and it still is worth coming by.

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olten, switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This temple is known for the stone garden and it is a short walk from the Golden Temple Kinkakuji. Basically you can visit the Kinkakuji temple and walk downhill to Ryoanji and then downhill some more to Ninna-ji temple. To some degree, the latter two are skippable depends on what you're into. There are many many temples in Kyoto. So... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

It may take a while to appreciate a Japanese Dry Sand Garden, where the raked sand may represent the sea or clouds, but it is certainly worth the time to study them carefully. The garden at Ryoanji is my favourite. There are just fifteen rocks and a quiet mural on two walls. I first saw this garden in 1977 and... More 

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