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Ryoanji Temple

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Try and sit quietly here

This is a lovely place to sit and contemplate for a while. Impossible to do if you are on any type of tour!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Ryoangi Temple and dry Rock gardens is one of the top places to visit in Kyoto and is close (A few bus stops) to the Kinkaku Shrine - aka The Golden Pavilion. The grounds are beautiful regardless of the weather and it is worth at least a short visit.

Thank Delbe M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a lovely place to sit and contemplate for a while. Impossible to do if you are on any type of tour!

Thank turtonfamily
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful and changing visit at all times of the year and years. This temple does not seem to be on the large group tourist agenda so is more peaceful than others. You need time to sit and enjoy the changing light on the area.

Thank Christine P
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Like the nearby Golden Pavilion, this place will be crowded. So find your Zen and just enjoy the moment. The rock garden is a thing of beauty, precise, a picture of peace. But walk on from this delight and you find quiet little gardens: perfectly manicured, a small waterfall here, a path leading to another surprise.

Thank ShaneABurke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the temples that's famous for its zen rock garden. The garden itself isn't terribly big, and I couldn't make out why so many people were planted there, taking a bunch of photos. The temple grounds overall, though, are gorgeous and sprawling, and wonderful to take a stroll in. There's a beautiful large pong, lots of flowers,... More 

Thank Brenna S
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To go there: Take bus 50 from Kyoto station. 45 Mins trip. a little walking to do from the the Ritsumeikan University. Nice walk to the temple entrance. The temple is not so crowded as the other temples. Like the lotus pond, the trees, and quiet walk to the main temple. Entrance fee is 500yen per adult. There is a... More 

1 Thank TravellingBao
El Cajon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ryoan-Ji Temple Rock Garden was a little disappointing. You have this vision of huge big rocks of all different shapes, but it is only an area measuring only 25 meters from east to west and 10 meters from south to north. The garden consists of 15 rocks divided into five groups.That's it ! Admission is $5.00 adults, and $3.00... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's very beautiful in Autumn. There is a large garden to view, but the main attraction is the rock garden. It's very tranquil.

2 Thank Cornelia W
Linkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main attraction, the stone zen-garden is what it is, there is a lot of history and philosophy to it, there is also a lot of people there, which I think makes it kind of hard to experience some kind of zen. Although, the temple grounds are quiet big and the other parts of the temple is very beautiful. All... More 

2 Thank fiskhumla
Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ryoanji Temple is a place of peace and tranquility on the edge of Kyoto, famous for its zen rock garden. After 5 years living in Japan, this is my favorite place in the county. Ironically, being famous for tranquility brings boatloads of tourists including busloads of kids on school tours. So not always quite so tranquil. Try to come on... More 

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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.