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Ryoanji Temple

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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 7 November 2018

if you are in Japan, don't miss this Temple; it might be the most tranquil ans serene place you can be. Just wonderful, as almost everything is in Japan.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Olaf M
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Lovely visit, wander around the site and Kyoyochi Pond before entering the temple for the rock garden. Sit, enjoy and clear your mind, the perfect place for this.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Peter D
Reviewed 5 November 2018

I came here to see the Zen Buddhist rock garden, but I was really impressed by the lush grounds surrounding the large pond. This was my last stop for the day and I took a lot of time circling the pond and stopping to rest...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LexiV
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

This is a must see temple, not only for the view but also for the historical aspect. And even the worn walls give you a sense of belonging. I love zen gardens and this is a must see.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ricard_oya
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

This ancient Zen Buddhist, Rinzai temple, whose roots lie in the myõshin-ji school, is a UNESCO world heritage site whose origins date back to English pre-Norman times. Its name means, "The Dragon at Peace" has a 'kare-sansui' , or "dry landscape", garden of white, arranged...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank travelpig_9
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Nice place . You have to remove your shoes to roam around . There is a big open area where some arts were created by the oil dripping wall surrounding it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 624suchitrar
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

This is about a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus trip from the Golden temple, so you may want to do this as well. However, there is not a lot to it unless you enjoy gardens, and even then it is not expansive. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.