Ryoanji Temple

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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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5.0a month ago

Location: quite far from JR trains, not that far from metro, the best way how to get there is local bus.

Place: nice place for relax, nice gardens around this temple. This temple is the place where you can see zen gardens, sit next to them and feel their magic

Note: you have to take off your shoes when you enter to this temple

4.0a month ago

Definitely one of the top attractions while in Kyoto. The rock garden and surrounding gardens are very tranquil and I went here for about 3 hours with my family and enjoyed walking round feeling relaxed. Would recommend to anyone with the time to come here!

4.0a month ago

After visiting the Golden temple, I walked to this temple which took me just few minutes.
It was Cherry blossoms season so there were plenty of Sakura offering beautiful scenes and I enjoyed taking lots of photographs. The ambience within the temple was very calm, and it is a good place to walk around and relax.
The most significant part of this temple is the Rock Garden. There is a garden inside the temple with 15 rocks of various shapes and sizes without any plants. It has got some religious importance. I have seen such kind of garden for the first time and it was a wonderful experience for me. If you all have never seen Rock Garden like me before, then do visit here to see it.

5.0a month ago

Great Zen by the temple itself, but if you want the quietness from outside, please be aware of busy hour. However, you can find calm and relaxing area all around the temple.

Please be warned about the baby stroller as the path is all stones.

4.0a month ago

This place is awesome. Just sit and relax and stare at the stones. BTW - withthe right vantage point - as little further back - and some patience, you can see all rocks at the same time. Supposedly means you achieved enlightenment, so that alone is a reason to visit.

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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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