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Ryoanji Temple

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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely stop to rest up and unwind - peaceful and calming. The gardens are pristine and the steamed bun outside was needed to recharge my batteries! Well worth a trip.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank James Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing sight take your time and combine it with Kinkakuji Temple in the same area. Go early to avoid the crowd and don’t go on weekends.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Richards_remarks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple and rock garden is all about mindfulness and being in the moment. The setting is very calming and beautiful and folks flock to sit at the Zen rock garden and contemplate things. Very relaxing and set in beautiful surrounding gardens. It is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank tneldner
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited here after visiting Kinkaku Ji, it's not far away and surprisingly far less people. The gardens are large and centered around a pond, so it was relaxing to just wander and enjoy the gardens. The rock garden is within the temple and there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ICMC
Reviewed 2 January 2019

When we arrived, it started to snow lightly, and it added to the beautiful winter scene at Ryoanji. The rock garden was so peaceful and serene. I loved the garden around it and there was also a mini bamboo forest there. Highly recommended as part...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank siulin2018
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Tranquil and soothing. Very cool to tick off the bucket list. Remember when doing temples such as these to take easily removable shoes, as no shoes are allowed inside

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank winterxgirl10
Reviewed 28 December 2018

I like this temple very much - It may not be as famous as the other temples in Kyoto, but this is exactly why I like it. It is much quieter than other ones. I visited here both in November, during the peak time of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GreenLV
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

The art of stallation that decored by soul. Zen garden is to calm emotion, colorful of trees, lotus pond, architecture and mountains is like haven.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gallery2013
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Instead take a walk around the gorgeous park that is free within the premises. They only ask for the ticket for the small rock garden that's within a building on northern part of the park.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bamboodog
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

The zen rock garden is supposed to be a place of deep serenity and contemplation. I love this place but you should make it the very first place to go if you have a day of outings. The crowds can be pretty thick by mid...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarkGroenewold
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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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Response from dcpalter | Reviewed this property |
There is. Ryoanji Yuudofu tofu restaurant.
17 November 2016|
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Response from YuryGr | Reviewed this property |
Ryoanji Yudofu, vegetarian restaurant, no reservation needed. Plenty of meals mostly based on tofu.