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Ryoanji Temple

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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-463-2216
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

1  Thank Olaf M
Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

1  Thank Peter D
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank travelpig_9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank 624suchitrar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Andy n
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go to see beautiful gardens. This Zen garden is not beautiful. It represents a severe version of a Zen garden. With all of the visitors coming and going, I did not find it peaceful. I did find it contemplative in that I spent time...More

2  Thank Donald W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds and a really magnificent building you get to walk around in. The rock garden is the central feature (and it is something), but the nature walk and other Buddhist features also make this really special. A very unique Kyoto experience.

Thank carter2004
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first place we wanted to visit during our two day trip to Kyoto. After getting the directions from The JR Information Counter at Kyoto Station, we boarded a bus that dropped us about half a kilometre from the temple. Someone suggested we...More

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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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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.