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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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beautiful. The zen garden is amazing. Gardens are amazing and it doesnt take long to walk around. Schedule less than an hour for this..but dont miss it

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

beautiful. The zen garden is amazing. Gardens are amazing and it doesnt take long to walk around. Schedule less than an hour for this..but dont miss it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The rock garden is so very simple, but that simple elegance is the very reason that it is one of the most photographed gardens in Japan. The rest of the garden & sounds are also spectacularly beautiful. We arrived in the morning before any crowds and the morning light yielded some terrific photographs around the pond and gardens.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is the second time I have been at Ryoanji Temple and I am still in awe of it's spatial simplicity and harmony. It is a great opportunity to explore with your eyes the play of stone and gravel raked lines across the landscape. I was lucky to go there areound lunchtime so there werent too many people there to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I went to the Ryoanji Temple because I wanted to see a Japanese rock garden and am glad that I did so. It was serene, peaceful, lovely and interesting. I think I was expecting it to be a larger garden but that did not detract from our enjoyment. I didn't feel a need to stay long but I wished I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was one of the most peaceful experiences. Everyone seemed very reflective so it was pretty quiet despite the number of people. My kids enjoyed counting the rocks. Definitely worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I arrived just before Ryoanji opened (at 8am, entrance ticket ¥500). There were only five people including me entering the Hojo (the head priest's former residence) at this time , which housed the rock garden. The garden cannot be any simpler, yet extremely pleasing. I planned to meditate for an hour here before heading to the busy Kinkaku-ji, but soon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

All the painting in Shokun meeting room was fascinating. The wooden floor kinda bring you back to old time when you walk around and its moving & creating noise. The garden is also very unique to see and sitting around lets your mind rest for 10 - 15 mins.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Interesting and famous temple. Rock garden. I could only meditate for about 20 minutes. You have to understand Japanese history to appreciate it. Japan is very hot 36.8 today with humidity

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This could be one of the lesser visited temples in Kyoto as it doesn't seem as eye catching as the Golden temple for example. Yet it is a beautiful temple and very relaxing to visit. The Garden are very peaceful and lovely in any season and so different each time. The Building is very interesting architecture and hosts some beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This temple is famous for having perhaps the most famous Japanese rock garden in existence, and as an added bonus you can prepare yourself whilst meandering down the garden path past the pond that is the primary route to get there. The rock garden itself is quite wonderful, my first visit we were practically alone and just sat there taking... More 

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Northern Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.