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Ryoanji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 3 other guides
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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
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Solemn place and not many tourist when you go around 4pm

You need to walk from golden pavilion going here just a little.. The place is quiet with a pond and waterlilies Inside you need to remove your shoes You need to pay the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

With kids, it's hard to convince them about the meaning of the rocks, and tiger story, make sure u have good tour guide and make sure u take some time with you to un der stand each story behind each rock

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You need to walk from golden pavilion going here just a little.. The place is quiet with a pond and waterlilies Inside you need to remove your shoes You need to pay the entrance when you go

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Busan, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The rock garden is nice enough, and even with the crowds is relaxing. We all sat down and just looked at it for minutes on end - a very quiet crowd. The grounds have a lot to offer, too. After looking at the rock garden, my wife and I went on a long walk around the temple's pond. There were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Slightly less crowded than the nearby golden pavilion this is definitely worth visiting. We caught the tail end of the cherry blossom, it would have been amazing around the lake at the peak season. The whole site is very tranquil and the famous zen rock garden is stunning.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Defyingly worth a visit, and worth the couple hundred yen for seeing the rock garden. The garden around the temple is however free!

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

World's famous Zen garden turned to be two crowded to really appreciate it. The museum is not far away from Golden pavilion but I don't recommend you the walk, not worthy... First stop inside is the lake, really nice and with a lot of space to walk and meditate while enjoying the nature. The paintings at the doors were nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history is so rich and the areas are very tranquil. We only had a few days in Kyoto and this was the best of all the temples.

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Thank Tony O
Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the temple of Ryoanji (龍安寺 - The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) will become busier in peak seasons (from May until November) the gardens and landscape pond areas are beautiful all year round. May's Wisteria season is especially worth a visit for the enormous wisteria canopy maintained next to the lake. Autumn will see fiery maple leaves and... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is something amazing about this place. Even if you are not a great follower of Zen, the famed Rock Garden does catch your attention and is worth a visit. Once you have completed your viewing or meditation overlookling The Rock Garden the walk around the Kyoychi Pond is a pleasant way to complete the tour.

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Mons, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great serene sight, but the kids were more interested in finding Pokemon. A great location for a great flat walk around the beautiful pond after sitting in the calming Zen garden.

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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.