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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2216
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“zen garden” (194 reviews)
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-463-2216
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Enjoyed sitting by the beautiful zen art reflecting about life and beauty. I didn’t get to visit this place on the last 2 trips so I made sure to go this round. Less crowded than the other sites. Really loved it as you have quiet...More

Thank PinkAddict
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A Buddhist temple with the famous japanese dry landscape. Perfect place to quietly sit there and enjoy moments of tranquility. Come as early as possible and you will have the best experience. It’s a small temple with a big garden. Read a little about Japanese...More

Thank 692kerryc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The rock garden is beautiful but I don’t think that it is a MUST while in Kyoto. Only if you really appreciate rock gardens.

Thank Moe P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If it’s on the way I would definitely stop in as the rock garden is nice to see, however, it is just 15 rocks in a gravel garden so I wouldn’t put it as a top thing to do. If you have time and enjoy...More

Thank kimmy1566
Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1994. It is very pretty, huge and serene. The temple has a rock garden, a pond, a unique wash-basin of stone, and a tea room. If you visit this temple, you should also plan to...More

Thank Tote919
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Much like the pictures, is is super small. Nothing but what you see in one picture. So many other places I would of preferred to see. Yes it is a good zen garden that has greenery in certain areas only.

Thank universeenergy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens here are beautiful, and it wasn't overly busy, so it was nice for a chill out. It's also not too far from Kinkaku-Ji, which is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is more enjoyable the park, the house, the environmental than the Zen garden. Zen garden has no value at all and paying for that is a fraud. The house is more valuable and it close to the public. Big mistake!!!!

Thank Angel S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is gorgeous! You have to remove your shoes upon entry and use the provided slippers (so wear socks). We went early just after they opened and it wasn't too crowded but began to get crowded as we were leaving. Allow yourself time to...More

Thank C L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed this lovely temple, worth the time to visit and gently walk around. Absorb the quiet environment.

Thank Dennis O
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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17 November 2016|
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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.