Ryoanji Temple

Sightseeing information about Ryoanji Temple in Japan.


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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5.0in the last week

Beautiful garden and stone garden where you can feel the essence of tranquility. Since it’s a World Heritage site it’s definitely a place you should visit when coming to Kyoto. It’s fairly popular but doesn’t feel touristy or crowded. Like most temples it’s a great place to see autumn foliage but I also enjoyed going there in summer. Listening to the cicadas song made me feel so relaxed! The entrance fee is also quite low in comparison to other popular spots in Kyoto and the wall paintings are so well-preserved and beautiful

5.0a week ago

Been many times. Great with small pond you can walk around. Especially beautiful in the autumn. Rock garden is cool too. No problem counting all the rocks if you are tall enough ;)

5.0in the last week

A very peaceful and a big temple complex not a lot of tourists. the fee is reasonable for 500 yen the attraction here was the rock zen garden which amazingly did do the trick on me to relax - granted other tourists were quiet. Good thing most tourists with me were Japanese so they were really quiet.

5.03 weeks ago

Beautiful temple with famous zen rock garden that invites to rest and contemplate. Rest of the grounds doesn't offer much more, but is a pleasant walk through the garden and around the pond in the shade of the trees. ¥500 entry. Recommend to combine with the golden pavilion that's close by.

5.0a month ago

As one would expect from a World Heritage location, Ryoanji is an amazing in both it's history and scenery.
While it is a fairly busy temple, you don't get the sense of rushing - sitting beside the Zen rock garden or strolling around the pond, it's all at your own pace. With dense foliage, it also is cooler and more calming than the neighboring famous temples.

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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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