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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001, Japan
+81 75-463-2216
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Ranked #25 of 379 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Very pretty and restful Zen garden. Take your time strolling and sit on the deck on the side of the rock garden and just relax. The temple is somewhat interesting but the focal point of your visit is the rock garden.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is quite a busy venue with lots of tourists and you tend to move round at a fairly leisurely pace. Of course, there are lots of temples in Japan, but this one is especially worth visiting for the combination of traditional buildings, water features and a well stocked beautiful garden. The adjoining formal garden is a somewhat austere collection... More

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Willunga, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

One of my favourite places in Kyoto. The rock garden was gorgeous and very relaxing to sit and look at. The outside gardens were also perfectly manicured and were very beautiful, also the lake in the middle was also beautiful! Definitely recommend!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The main attraction is 15 rocks arranged into 5 groups on a field of white gravel. The crowds sat spellbound and took photo after photo. Among the cognoscenti of karesansui, this is generally considered to be the most brilliant placement of 15 rocks into 5 groups on a field of gravel in the whole world. Travellers etiquette tip: if after... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

i must say i didnt know how to appreciate the rock garden. it wasnt very big and neither was it impressive but you had people sitting there and looking at it. maybe its just too deep for me !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If you are near the Kinkakuji area, don't miss out on Ryoanji. It has a very different sort of vibe. I went early in the morning when the grounds opened at 9AM, and it was peaceful and relatively empty. The entry fee is 500 yen. There is a large lake and beautifully landscaped grounds. The star of the attraction of... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A place, that deserves visit with a beautiful garden. Nothing special, though. Of course, rock garden has its idea, it worth being seen, but Daitoku-ji is a better place to see if you are short on time.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The rock garden itself is lovely, but I think the main attraction is the incredible gardens surrounding the rock garden - just gorgeous and so peaceful! Can easily spend a few hours here!

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Klang, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Is very subjective to this place. My friend love it, and I find it nothing impress. Is either rock, or stone at the middle of garden. Everyone sitting there and chilling, just like collecting 'chi'. I wouldn't go in again

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Shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

People will react differently to Ryaonji Temple. My girlfriend and I went there after Kinkaku Ji Temple on a busy day and we appreciated the contrast and serenity of Ryaonji Temple. No, there's not much to do here expect walk around the pond and look at a few rocks landscaped with pebbles... but that's the point, right? If you have... More

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