Ryoanji Temple

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World Heritage: Ryoanji Temple4.7

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This zen temple is home to the most famous rock garden in Japan. Since its foundation in the 15th century, people have been contemplating a collection of 15 rocks adrift in a sea of white pebbles. The designer and the motif is unknown, but some have interpreted the layout as symbolic of the islands of Japan, while others believe it represents a mother tiger swimming with her cubs in twos and threes. The pebbles are artfully raked everyday.

Another attraction is a beautifully arranged garden with a large pond. The moss is bright green under the trees and there are many places to stop for wondrous views. There are cherry trees, azaleas, wisterias, water lilies, and white yuki-yanagi (spirea) in bloom in spring and early summer. The scenery with autumn colors and snow carpet is also marvellous. The temple is close to the bamboo grove of Arashiyama.

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Airport/Sta.Fukuoka Airport (about 506.3km) Google Transit

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5.0a week ago

A beautiful buddhist temple known for its garden with the mysterious rock formation and raked pebbles to simulate ripples (or whatever your spirit chooses to see). Very solemn and quiet; seems to possess its own flow of time. There’s a tofu restaurant inside with beautiful garden... suggest visiting if you can get a seat with good view.
Warning: no chair (you sit on the floor) and they only take cash (as of May 2020)

5.0in the last week

Empty and peaceful as it can only be in a time of travel restrictions. No Instagram i☆☆☆ and now massive crowds of tourists. So lovely!!

One could sit there for hours and only a few other visitors would disturb the peace. No need to arrive early in the morning - at least at the current time.

5.04 months ago

The zen sand garden is really soothing and we stayed there for an hour. Just enjoyed watching it. There are 15 rocks in the garden, but one can see only 14 of them at the time from any angle (I tried and verified it!) which I find profound. It may be a message that there’s always something I can’t see no matter how hard I try, or everyone sees things differently.

4.04 months ago

Now just too popular to enjoy the silence and zen of this place. You'll get more into your thoughts waking around the surrounding park / garden, the stone part feels more like a tourist attraction now.
Entry fee: 500 yen

5.04 months ago

Probably one of the most spiritual places of Kyoto if not the most. This place is very peaceful and you can feel the discipline and dedication of the monks to keep the garden in perfect condition through out decades and centuries. You have to understand this place to really enjoy it.

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What aspect of this landscape garden attracts you the most? Zen Buddhism? Meditation? the secret of the layout of stones? Simply sitting and seeing the garden induced me to the inner world of my mind and helped me to reach a calm state o...

What aspect of this landscape garden attracts you the most? Zen Buddhism? Meditation? the secret of the layout of stones? Simply sitting and seeing the garden induced me to the inner world of my mind and helped me to reach a calm state of mind. Try and see what the garden tells you.Visited Wintr 2011,spring2014

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Ryoanji Temple is my favorite place and no doubt one of the best and most impotant place in Kyoto, or in Japan. The temple's name is synonymous with the temple's famous 'Zen garden', the karesansui (dry landscape) roc...

Ryoanji Temple is my favorite place and no doubt one of the best and most impotant place in Kyoto, or in Japan. The temple's name is synonymous with the temple's famous 'Zen garden', the karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden, thought to have been built in the late 15th century.

Placed within the garden are fifteen stones of different sizes, carefully composed in five groups; one group of five stones, two groups of three, and two groups of two stones. The stones are surrounded by white gravel, which is carefully raked each day by the monks. The only vegetation in the garden is some moss around the stones.

If you meditate in the garden even few minutes, you will find so misteriou time and space, and surely you will be inspired by something. I am looking forward to seeing you in Ryoanji soon.

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A picture with cherry blossom , which helps you imagine how beautiful this garden is in each season. Snow -coverd garden is impressive . You would think you are above clouds in the sky.

A picture with cherry blossom , which helps you imagine how beautiful this garden is in each season. Snow -coverd garden is impressive . You would think you are above clouds in the sky.

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If you are thinking visiting Kinkakuji temple, make up your mind to walk a little bit more to Ryoanji temple. A beautiful rock garden is waiting for you there and brings you into space. If you use your imagination you will see lots of th...

If you are thinking visiting Kinkakuji temple, make up your mind to walk a little bit more to Ryoanji temple. A beautiful rock garden is waiting for you there and brings you into space. If you use your imagination you will see lots of things hiding in the garden. This is a must in Kyoto.

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