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 month 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

Amazingly peaceful place to visit. It was so hot the day we visited but this temple was great. It is so well taken care of and preserved. Truly something to marvel. We enjoyed just sitting near the zen garden and soaking in all of the history.

5.02 weeks ago

It's the most famous rock garden in the world for a reason. I wish there were fewer people there, but I'm sure everyone else there felt the same way. It's a beautiful contrast to the lushness of the surrounding garden, and I could definitely have lost myself in though were I not there to paint.

5.02 months ago

Underrated! This was my favourite attraction from my trip in spring, solely due to the serenity of the rock garden. Spring is a busy time for japan so there are crowds everywhere, which can take away from your experience at times. But lucky for us, this 500 year old rock garden wasn’t on most people’s agenda so we were able to really enjoy the peace and quiet that the temple was intended for. It’s so quiet there, you could even meditate.

4.04 weeks ago

A simple yet remarkable rock garden, consisting only white sand and different rocks, laid out at the end of 15th century, is acknowledged to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture. Its simple beauty will inspire philosophical meditation. It measures only 25 meter from east to west and 10 meter from south to north. This rectangular garden is completely different from the gorgeous gardens of court nobles. The best part is the longer you gaze at it, the more varied your imagination comes. The garden of worldwide fame is said to have been laid out by Soami, a painter and gardener.

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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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