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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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The rock garden is the highlight of a visit to Ryoanji. The fifteen stones are artfully displayed and it was seemingly impossible to see all of them from any vantage point. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I must admit, the most beautiful rock gardens I have seen our nature rock gardens. The one at Ryoanji Temple did not move me at all. The landscape garden on the other hand is beautiful, made by men as we saw some gardeners filling in blank spaces with new moss.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The rock garden is the highlight of a visit to Ryoanji. The fifteen stones are artfully displayed and it was seemingly impossible to see all of them from any vantage point. We visited as a part of a bike tour with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project and our guide explained that you are supposed to see the missing stones with the... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We visited here at the height of cherry blossom season. It was much less crowded than the more famous temples such as Kinkaku-ji. We actually prefered the rock gardens at Daitoku-ji over this one. The restaurant overlooking a beautiful garden was one of the highlights of our stay in Kyoto. Beautiful lake with lots of cherry blossoms.

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Granite Bay, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The garden closes at 5:00 and we arrived at 4:40 - relieved we could still pay and go in. The deck area of the garden was packed with people even that late in the day. We did have a chance to sit for 15 minutes and stare at this famous garden. Although celebrated for many reasons, it was my third... More 

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Ahmedabad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Like always , the thing I adore most about japan is it's awesome gardens. These people seemed to have mastered every teeny little bit there is about taming nature into a garden. It's just not flowers and trees but moss and stone too. A lot many gardens have signboards asking You to step on stones to save the moss!! Now... More 

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Bandung, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The temple has a fairly extensive gardens and beautiful, including a field that contains the sand around the area of badminton court. You can view the contents of this palace and see how the palace organized by the use of the room respectively.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A series of old traditional gardens surrounding a tea house that depict the journey of life. Each room of the tea house has a different view . Lovely Bonsais and lots of plants symbolically placed with large and small rocks and moss.  It is balanced by a Zen stone garden - In complete contrast to the complex planted sections the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This depends on your bent: we're spiritual students and this place - the most famous Zen rock garden in Japan- blew us away. Made famous also by the avant-garde composer John Cage. But you might look at it and think - it's just a bunch of rocks in some pebbles. So your call of course - but we absolutely loved... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The pond in the front, the garden in the middle, the rock garden inside, and the building itself are so peaceful. Not many people come here compare with Kinkakuji. There is a seating area on the western side of the pond (on the way out). You can sit there and just enjoy the atmosphere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The famous rock garden here was much smaller than I anticipated. The physical structures were nothing extraordinary but the grounds were lovely, like strolling through a fairy tale as cherry blossom petals fluttered to the ground. If you're coming for Japanese architecture this site is a major let down. If you're coming for a natural, quiet setting it's lovely.

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