Ryoanji Temple

Sightseeing information about Ryoanji Temple in Japan.


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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 month ago

The Rock Garden is one of my highly recommended places to visit while you are in Kyoto. We have visited this wonderful garden twice (in 2007 and 2016). This the ultimate place for meditation, reflection, and relaxation!

5.0a month ago

Beautiful, serene. Zen rock garden is amazing but because the sitting area is not that big it felt crowded, with all the people it’s hard to really get to experience it as one should. Despite that amazing and the gardens around didn’t feel as crowded at all. Loved it.

5.02 weeks ago

An incredible place and I would say a must if you’re in the city for the first time. The rock garden and its surrounding gardens and ponds are simply incredible.

5.03 months ago

One of my favorite places to visit in all of Japan. If you’re lucky enough to come when the crowds are small, you’ll have a very tranquil experience looking at and pondering the meaning of the rock garden. There are lots of other things to see around the temple, so give yourself extra time to explore the whole place.

5.0a month ago

Beautiful grounds with a nice walk through to see everything. The rock garden itself is amazing. After dealing with crazy crowds at other places it was refreshing to see people here being quiet and respectful. Everyone had a chance to sit at the front to take pictures and contemplate the garden.

We came about one hour before closing and it was the perfect time. The large tour busses were gone so it was not crowded at all. Your milage may vary depending on when you arrive.

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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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