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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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Last stop of the day - all out of zen

Unfortunately tried to pack too much in one day meaning we arrived around 3:15. To really appreciate the temple and surrounding grounds give yourself time (unlike us). I wasn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Marlborough, United Kingdom

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After coffee break at the % Arabica Arashiyama, we walked along the river towards the tram station for the Ryoanji temple located in northern Kyoto. Upon arriving at Ryoanji stattion, we took a short walk to the temple. This site was originally a villa which was converted to a Zen temple in 1450 and reconstructed in 1499 after destroyed by... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yet another temple. Somehow, after some 2 weeks of temples, my enthusiasm was quickly waning, by the time we got to this one. I actually enjoyed the shady walks more than the temple.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having seen pictures of this garden I was really looking forward to seeing it for myself. Our guide explained the meaning of the rock placement, and we sat in silence with many others to appreciate it all. There is also a stone water basin, Tsukubai, engraved with Japanese characters which was also explained to us. There are beautiful maples and... More 

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately tried to pack too much in one day meaning we arrived around 3:15. To really appreciate the temple and surrounding grounds give yourself time (unlike us). I wasn't feeling the pull of the zen garden but enjoyed seeing the temple and the lovely autumnal colours before darkness descended

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Komotini, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

feel and appreciate the zen garden. understand the stucture and the meaning of the place. just sit for a moment there and follow the lines on the ground.

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The beautiful zen garden at Ryoanji needs a little orientation to the zen philosophy in order to appreciate it better. Read up a little, get into the right frame of mind, and go in peace. You will find it an extremely peaceful, serene experience and will truly appreciate the even with lots of people around the space trying to understand... More 

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Victoria, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Arrived early. First bus in.....interesting tea offered at entrance. Could have spent all day in this garden. Alas no time......area to contemplate the view of the 15 stones that we have all seen pictured in Japanese lore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we went there around 11am; many people and school kids but if you find a quiet spot it is so lovely and a joy to see this ancient zen garden with all the moss. a must

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

nicer walk around the pond here. with lots of greenery. experience here was nicer than the golden temple, and various trees in green/gold.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most amazingly beautiful and relaxing Zen rock garden. A new and different view out of each and every door. Not to be missed. I could have rested here for hours.

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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.