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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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Visited on a Saturday about 11am. The garden leading up to the main temple with the Zen garden was really pretty. There's lots of moss and foliage creating a tunnel of green and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

You'll pay 500 yen for entrance to sit with other people shoulder to shoulder on a observation deck watching a zen garden with 15 rocks. I don't understand all the fuss about this place. Nothing special, boring for me. The other Gardens and the pond you can visit is able without buying the admission ticket. It's a 20 minutes walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Saturday about 11am. The garden leading up to the main temple with the Zen garden was really pretty. There's lots of moss and foliage creating a tunnel of green and you walk through. Since we didn't go during Cherry blossom season this garden really stood out. I'd understand if people thought the place underwhelming if they'd seen... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Reading about the stonegarden in Tripadvisor - creates expectations of something almost magic and a spiritual experience. What we found were a group of stones in a raked pebble field. Nice - but definetely not special. Some guys were almost in trance - we made our way out ...

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Kajang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Rock Garden is awe inspiring. It is calm and peaceful to sit there to admire and appreciate. However, the surrounding garden is equally beautiful and refreshing. We were there in mid-April to see some Cherry Blossom.The mountain, lake, trees and architecture made a very beautiful place to sit and relax, and taking pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a famous Zen rock garden, and itis wonderful to sit and contemplate. You may need luck to be there at a time when there are not crowds of people. I was there on a weekend, so no big school groups and mos people were reasonably calm and respectful (though many are taking selfies). The landscape garden is wonderful,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Ryoanji was vey peaceful, we went early in the morning so there was almost no one there apart from us, and the rock garden was beautiful at the time of day. The paintings on the walls of the tearooms were lovely, and the gardens of the temple are also very pretty.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

For me the gardens make for a pleasant walkabout as the rock garden just didn't do it for me. I don't think you will ever get to do much contemplation at the rock garden as hordes upon hordes of visitors troop noisily by and will give you no respite.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

When you enter this garden you need to open your shoes and remain silent. The garden has a unique design but its smaller than my expectation. My best impression is the words writing on their brochure about the wash basin: "I only learned to be contented". I believe there is so many thing we can learn through this garden. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place consists of a Zen garden, the beautiful Kyoyochi Pond, the Kuri (main temple), and a lake and a bridge outside the Kuri. I got some great shots of both inside and outside the main building as well as the main entrance gate. It's definitely worth seeing!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This place is in desperate need of "please be quiet" signs, especially at the rock garden. I found it really frustrating that it was all about take your shoes off and be respectful and the usual japanese motions that are adhered to and with then the noise and the clicking of iphone cameras is going nuts. Really disappointing- I felt... More 

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