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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001, Japan
+81 75-463-2216
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Ranked #26 of 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Taipei, Taiwan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This garden is more of a thinker than some of the stunningly preened Bonsai gardens you can find around Japan. It's a small trek up a hill to a wooden temple structure. Like most places in Japan you take your shoes off to enter. Once inside there is the usual tat stall for tourists, but outside if you go at... More

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Honolulu
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is probably the most photographed garden in Japan, mostly because of the sensational Zen sand garden, but the surrounding formal gardens are as enchanting and welcoming as one could imagine. No-one should miss this temple, and it is worth spending several hours to soak up the various different and contrasting atmospheres exuded by its parts, from green grove of... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Only the fourth standard deviation from the mean might matter in this rocks in rocks ponderable. Not much gas or plasma there but school children looking terrific and highly engaged. People watching worthwhile but otherwise leave this Zen-hysteria to the Masters of "nothingness". Nevertheless, watching beautiful Japanese school children in delight of the rocks is clearly worth the price and... More

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Windermere, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We rode bicycles to see the gardens. Once inside, it was a calm oasis of beautiful plants and miss. So carefully maintained. The rock garden gave us a chance to sit and contemplate why would someone go to all that trouble. The curiosity of visitors was wonderful to observe. We consider it a do over.

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Menlo Park, California
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9 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This temple is very small and as a temple not that impressive compared to many others. It has a small rock garden that some people think is amazing. I have to say that I did not get it. It is the size of a swimming pool. Basically it is rocky sand and a few larger rocks placed "randomly". The temple... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

There is an entrance fees of 500 yen for this place which is well spent.The main attraction is the Rock garden and the temple is a World Heritage site.The garden is small with 15 rocks in the midst of sand.It is said that from any point at least one of the rocks is always hidden from view.Just before you reach... More

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Pasadena
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The rock garden admission fee is expensive - there is nothing interesting to see. Skip this rock garden.

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Devizes
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is probably the most visited garden in the world! And if by staring at the wonderful Rock formations in the Hojo garden a setting of 15 rocks on white gravel,symbolically representing nature with no tree,flower or blade of grass to be seen yo can faze out the noise from every Japanese child who enters and starts to count -... More

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sydney
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

So calming and a beautiful building to be in, the gardens are a sight to see. We enjoyed sitting there and looking at the lovely rock garden. There is much to say about this place, we loved our visit here and wouldn't have thought to enter if it wasn't for our guide. I loved the tiny tea ceremony house.... Amazing... More

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New Delhi
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A UN heritage site with a pond and gardens surrounding the shrine located in its centre, give it the look of a traditional Japanese garden. there is a saraswati (an indian goddess) statue in the centre. All in all one is at peace with oneself while visiting shrines in Kyoto. We took bicycles on rent and cycled our way from... More

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