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“One of Japan's top gardens”
Review of Ryotan-ji Temple

Ryotan-ji Temple
Ranked #2 of 188 things to do in Hamamatsu
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“One of Japan's top gardens”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

The temple itself is quite beautiful, especially with a courtyard-like design and the gorgeous, colourful autumn leaves. However, its garden is one of the most famous in Japan, and though it might not look like much at first, see if you can get an explanation in English - it is very intricate and thoughtful in its design. (Here's a spoiler: the shape of the pond is formed like the kanji - Chinese character - for "heart"!) There is a seating area set aside specifically for viewing and appreciating the garden.

Visited December 2013
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Must Visit”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

I immediately fell in love with this place. Very inspiring and peaceful, I felt as if time slowed down as I walked around the temple. The serene style of this Japanese garden is spectacular both in design formation and colours. I definitely recommend visiting around Autumn since the leaves are absolutely stunning!

Visited December 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The fall colors will move your heart”
Reviewed 8 December 2012

What a gorgeous and inspiring environment. Saw a picture of the current imperial family visiting the temple 30 years ago. They must have been as moved by the architecture and the calm beauty of the garden as I was. I was lucky to meet the abbot; his English is fantastic. He is from the region and obviously loves and is proud of his temple. If you like peace, this is the place; if you like to meditate, this is the place. I was very close to asking the monks to shave my head and take me in. Not to be missed.

Visited December 2012
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Hong Kong, China
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Temple not to miss”
Reviewed 5 December 2012

This temple ranks in my mind amongst the best in the Japan and I have been to many. Lots to see in lovely gardens.

Visited December 2012
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Calistoga, California
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A uniquely lovely temple in Hamamatsu”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Hamamatsu has its attractions--good food, beautiful lake, friendly business environment--but its temples aren't well known. There are hundreds of temples in Hamamatsu, and although they are very special to visit for someone coming from another country, I can see why they aren't leading tourist destinations.

However, the Ryotanji Temple is something else. Parts of the temple feature just gorgeous architecture, and the surrounding area is very peaceful and full of trees. However, the main attraction is the beautiful rock garden, a place that, in my inexpert opinion, rivals some of the gardens in Kyoto.

The staff is very helpful and even offered pamphlets in English, which was a nice touch. Adding to the appeal of this temple is its location: we went to Kiga station and then took a nice drive around the lake to this temple. This part of Hamamatsu is beautiful, really beautiful.

If you're in Hama on a business trip, I definitely recommend checking out this temple.

Visited August 2011
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