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Ryoanji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-463-2216
08:30 - 16:30
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First time to Kyoto and I hit this up with the nearby temple. This was OK and I would recommend going if you haven't been to a rock garden before. I went when it was raining and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Midland, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time to Kyoto and I hit this up with the nearby temple. This was OK and I would recommend going if you haven't been to a rock garden before. I went when it was raining and spent approximately 30 minutes in it, so not long. Nothing earth shattering, just another cool piece of Asian culture if that sort of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The grounds make for a relaxing walk, and it was especially beautiful with the autumn leaves. The rock garden is an interesting highlight of the temple.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The first time I went here they were renovating the inside and access was a little limited. This time I got the full view and at a peaceful time between tour parties. What a restful place. so glad I had a chance to fully take it in at a relatively quiet time. Good momiji in the outer extensive lake and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is probably one of the more underrated temples. Not many go to it for autumn colours but it is surprisingly good! It is famed for its rock garden which can be really calming but for those who wants colours. Its outer garden with lake is nothing short of amazing. With the leaves being reflected on the lake , it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to see it. It will be crowded, but you'll eventually get a seat and can sit for as long as you like. Fascinating to say the least!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are into Zen? or looking a few rocks transform your imagination to another space, then this is a perfect temple for you, some people just sit and looking at those rocks for a long time, so there must be something not everyone can notice, this is world's heritage sight, come and test yourself, to have or have not?

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is a rather nice temple to visit especially during the fall when maple trees turn colour. The rock garden I think means more to locals who understand the philosophy as it is no more than 15 rocks arranged on the surface of white pebbles. Zen is something people from other culture would not fully appreciate. I like the pond... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For 500¥ you get to see exactly 5 stinking rocks arranged within a crushed loose-stone pavement. So what if it's old? It's tiny and crowded, with tons of people sitting and staring dumb at it, pretending to understand it's supposedly deep meaning. This place is the Kim Kardashian of gardens: famous for simply being famous, and selling philosophical emojis to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a peaceful temple to visit. It's a great place to enjoy the Fall leaves. The rock temple in the middle is really peaceful to see.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The results were satisfactory to us all. 《The Rock Garden》 “This simple and remarkable garden measures only twenty-five meters from east and ten meters from south to north. The rectangular Zen garden is completely different from the gorgeous gardens of court nobles constructed in the Middle Ages.”                            〜from temple's leaflet You can feel something of Zen spirit !! And 《Kyoyochi... 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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