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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5.02 months ago

A beautiful temple in lovely condition with many interesting artifacts.

The garden is a supreme example of the traditional Japanese Garden.

Both are great for photography.

5.02 months ago

Beautiful temple grounds. It's known for the rock garden, but I felt that was least impressive. The shaded paths along the grounds are stunning.

5.05 months 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)

5.04 months ago

We took a bus to 龍安寺. There was a grocery store near the entrance. The male staff was warm, accurately warmer than other staff in Kyoto, describing something associated with 着物 to us. That must be an effect of living near the zen temple.
Once we stepped inside, the quiet atmosphere fulfilled me. There was also a large pool inside but hid behind plants for long. The rock garden emptied and cooled down us. We sat there and stayed for long, recalling these fantasy trip and associated emotions. What we used to, will have and have at that moment, all inspired us. We felt a kind of completeness.
On the way out, visitors still couldn't see the whole picture of the pool. The moss and high trees led us to zoom out to reality but always stay in quiet.
Just reaching the south to the lake, we could see it finally. It was simple. It might tell us although the pool was hidden for such most time, it was a straightforward, simple thing. After careful and mindful thinking, our mind would be clean and light.
I just realised the grave of 真田幸村 and his wife was on the island in the pool. That's a pity.

5.05 months ago

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.

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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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