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Ryoanji Temple

Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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Ranked #27 of 431 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We visited this place on our tour and it is very relaxing. We were lucky as not many people so we could enjoy the walk. The famous Zen garden is amazing for its simplicity - remember you must take your shoes off - but love walking around the old building - I felt at peace. Equally the gardens and pond... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

When you are at Ryoanji, you will remember having to remove your shoes at the entrance and walking on the hundreds-year-old wood plank deck that has been polished glassy smooth by the thousands of visitors, monks and dignitaries included, for ages. This, no doubt, is a key part of the experience. I suppose they could have opted for the kinds... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

On our last morning in Kyoto, we had to make a difficult decision on where we would visit before catching the Shinkansen to Tokyo. We chose Ryoanji and were not disappointed. While it was great to personally view the famous Zen rock garden, we were equally impressed by the gardens surrounding Kyoyochi Pond and the beautiful fall colors. Arriving at... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Like many attractions in Kyoto this was crowded. The earlier you arrive the more peaceful it will be. We had an interesting experience with some young japanese students coming up to us to practice their English which was fun as they tend to keep to themselves. An overpriced restaurant overlooks the zen garden - we passed on this one.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Pros: Beautiful Zen garden and grounds to walk around. Cons: crowds, noise and what should be a quiet garden.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We arrived about 15 minutes before opening, and were pleased to be let in early. We were the only ones in the park. I wasn't expecting to enjoy seeing a rock garden, but it was one of my favorite experiences in Kyoto. It's not just about the rock garden, but the location as a whole. After entering the gates, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went here because Nijo Castle is unfortunately close. But it was worth it. The place is relaxing and has several very good gardens. I especially like the explanation by our tourist guide regarding the count of the rocks, and how we all cannot see the complete set. As per our tourist guide, it's because as per zen teaching, "there... More 

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london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

It was over priced at 500yen, the rocks are over rated. The grounds are pretty to walk around, visit will probably take about 20 minutes. Other temples grounds near by are better.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Even in winter, the site is indeed beautiful! I can not imagine the number of hours put into maintaining these grounds! Beautiful...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My wife and I visited Ryoanji in Fall, 2002. More recent reviews suggest that the experience remains the same. The is THE most recognized "Zen Garden" - a must-see if one is in Kyoto with any interest in Buddhism, Zen, meditation, or classic Japanese sites. During our weekday visit, the site remained surprisingly uncrowded, allowing us a quiet, contemplative pass-through.... More 

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