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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2216
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“rock garden” (371 reviews)
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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+81 75-463-2216
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"rock garden"
in 371 reviews
"zen garden"
in 201 reviews
"famous rock"
in 52 reviews
"white gravel"
in 24 reviews
"raked gravel"
in 18 reviews
"zen experience"
in 16 reviews
"the main attraction"
in 25 reviews
"dry garden"
in 12 reviews
"golden pavilion"
in 42 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 39 reviews
"peaceful place"
in 14 reviews
"surrounding gardens"
in 11 reviews
"minute walk"
in 11 reviews
"walk around"
in 11 reviews
"cherry blossoms"
in 15 reviews
"rocks"
in 234 reviews
"pond"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok amongst all Zen gardens this one has the most beautiful one. It has a very nice pond to walk around and contemplate nature, a hidden shinto shrine which is also amazing, paintings and sourvenir shops around. A must see!!!

Thank G2149QHrobertof
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Buddhist temple is similar to many that you might see around Kyoto. The main attraction is the famous rock garden which was built with 15 rocks. The smaller white stones are raked around these rock 'islands' with precision. Regardless of where you stand, you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed trying to spot "all" the rocks. Our guide had given us a little clue, so we were successful.

Thank paharlen
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe I'm not cultured enough, but it was a bit of a let down. I wish we hadn't taken the time to get here and that we didn't pay money to stare at a not too large sand pit...

1  Thank Sillymango
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The temple is nice but similar to many others that we saw. The rooms are plain, and you just walk through. Outside you can see the famous rock garden which was built with 15 rocks, but you can never see more than 14 at one...More

Thank igolfCA
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This temple is really nice to visit mainly because of it’s gardens and the pond. It’s mostly known because of it’s zen rock garden and it’s quite impresive.

Thank Esther G
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

This place is really interesting with the rock garden and the beautiful pattern made in the gravel. So well cared for. As we walk around we can see the rooms inside and the beautiful [panels. Well worth a visit

Thank jackie_rogers59
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Fifteen stones set in moss islands dotting a sea of white gravel, but there is no vantage point from which you can see more than 14 stones at one time. It is said you will see fifteen stones when you have reached Enlightenment. I have...More

Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Wonderful place to visit. Pure beauty expression. It seems so modern than you can not believed it is so old. Incredible and amazing place, out of time, out of daily crazy life. Then, take a breath by visiting it. A flyer in english is provided...More

Thank Pascal J
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

This is it. The ultimate Zen garden. Go and contemplate Buddhist teachings. Combine with the golden temple for the complete experience.

Thank kansasfamily1
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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
...More
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Mandfu
17 November 2016|
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Response from dcpalter | Reviewed this property |
There is. Ryoanji Yuudofu tofu restaurant.
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Mandfu
17 November 2016|
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Response from YuryGr | Reviewed this property |
Ryoanji Yudofu, vegetarian restaurant, no reservation needed. Plenty of meals mostly based on tofu.
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