We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Ryoanji Temple

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Northern Kyoto
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 3 other guides
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
Website
Today
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Book In Advance
More Info
$62*
and up
Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle
More Info
$188*
and up
Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
More Info
$81*
and up
Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,439 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 313
    Excellent
  • 243
    Very good
  • 96
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rock garden and lotuses

There is the famous rock garden inside. It is like durian, some people like and others hate it. But it has a nice lake full of lotuses. After the rock garden, don't take the short... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
crownvict
,
Ankara, Turkey
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,439 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 688: English reviews
Carmel, Indiana
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the most well-known of the Zen temples in Japan, with its famous rock garden. The problem with Kyoto is that there is too much to see, and trying to do too much in one short trip causes it all to blur together. So if you only plan to see 2-3 sights, maybe this is not at the top... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kevin Y
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This temple has all the elements in a wonderful balance. Take your time (as with most things Japanese) and you will be rewarded with a sense of calm.

Helpful?
Thank JanneKH
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
68 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The most famous spot of this place is the garden setting with the fifteen stones, tourist sat on the bench and feel the peacefulness of the garden, if you have time to calm down and review your life, it satisfied your need, but if you are visitors without much time to stop over, better plan again

Helpful?
Thank KK L
Brussels
Level Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really liked this place, you get a lot for the entrance fee. It's quieter than other temples in the area, especially less crowded than the place with the golden pavilion. The rock garden is a peaceful and lovely place to take a break for a moment and enioy a quiet setting. I loved how everyone here stayed hushed and the... More 

Helpful?
Thank KanterC
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just the Zen garden is worth the visit. It can get quite busy, but hopefully you can find some time to ponder.

Helpful?
Thank Frankspy
Ankara, Turkey
Level Contributor
523 reviews
260 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is the famous rock garden inside. It is like durian, some people like and others hate it. But it has a nice lake full of lotuses. After the rock garden, don't take the short cut, go to the other temple. Not the temple, but the road after the temple is nice, you climb down a few stairs under plants.

Helpful?
Thank crownvict
Finland
Level Contributor
171 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ryoan-ji is arguably the most famous rock garden in Kyoto, in Japan, even in the entire World. Like it or not, you should see it for yourself to know what to make of it. I could not imagine a trip Kyoto without a Ryoan-ji visit and now that we toured Japan with our children, I felt it my duty to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eric_Greeney
Tampere, Finland
Level Contributor
338 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So the attraction here is the rock garden. When I first saw it, I felt a bit disappointed. But when I sat down and relaxed myself, it started to grow on you. You felt more and more relaxed, found tranquility and started to enjoy the small characteristics of the stones, their formations and how the small pebbles were raked. Made... More 

Helpful?
Thank pepics
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The zen rock garden is a must, and the grounds surrounding it are as beautiful. Like so many places in Kyoto, timing is everything. We were able to get there without busloads of tourists at the same time (we weren't so lucky at Kinkaku-ji or Fushimi Inari), and the grounds make it easy for people to spread out. We stopped... More 

Helpful?
Thank mxs0755
Meridian, Idaho
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was nice walking through the ground. Again, there were too many people and inside was not as great as I expected. Personally, I thought Ninnaji was so much better.

Helpful?
Thank homeschoolmom27

Travelers who viewed Ryoanji Temple also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Ryoanji Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ryoanji Temple and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Ryoanji Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Northern Kyoto

Neighborhood Profile
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.