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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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+81 75-463-2216
08:30 - 16:30
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Tranquil rock garden

We walked here from Kinkaku-ji temple, about 20 minutes along a main road. I wouldn't have made the trip especially, but so glad we did visit given we were in the area. It's not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was difficult to appreciate the beauty and significance of Ryoanji because of the crowd of people packed into the space and the tour guides imploring visitors to move along. I encourage visitors to try and avoid peak visiting times in order to fully appreciate the experience.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We felt that this was an over rated site. The surrounding gardens were nicer than the rock garden itself, which did not feel spiritual or contemplative to us.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked here from Kinkaku-ji temple, about 20 minutes along a main road. I wouldn't have made the trip especially, but so glad we did visit given we were in the area. It's not as easy to get to as soon sights in Kyoto, especially with time a factor, so we got taxi to Kinkaku-ji, walked to Ryoanji temple, then... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The main attraction is the beautiful and cozy garden with the 15 rocks neatly laid out within all precint. If you just walk, think, reflect anything from inside out, you could feel the enlightenment of Zen Satori.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With so many things to visit, see, eat, walk... I don't recommend this one. Small place with not a lot to see. It takes a while to get there and you definitely could use that time to go somewhere else. Look at the pictures, there is really nothing more to see.

Thank Marsha M
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a peaceful, leisurely walk. It wasn't a "must see" place, in my opinion, but it you have the time and you're in the vicinity, it's worth checking out. There are so many incredible temples in Kyoto that the competition to be in the top ten is pretty fierce. There is a restaurant on the premises that serves yu-dofu... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We would not have visited this Temple but for the proprietor of a wine bar in Kyoto recommending this temple to us. In a day of temple and shrine viewing, I enjoyed this the most due to it being so unique. It is easy to access on the 12 or 59 bus.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ryoanji has a beautiful stone garden which is its main attraction. It is about 20 minutes wlalk from the famous Kinkakuji. There is a nice pond and some other smaller structure. Worth a quick visit.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A peaceful rock garden where you can just zone out for a little while. I think there is an entrance fee of 500 yen to get in, but worth it if you want to see a different type of garden!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like Zen gardens (or just the idea of Zen) then you must come here. The stunningly simple natural grounds make for a lovely quiet walk by yourself or with someone you enjoy holding hands with. After taking off your shoes, you can find a quiet spot to sit by the famous stone garden. Here people tend to sit... More 

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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.
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