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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 yesterday via mobile

Although it rained on us the visit is well worth your time. The gardens and history are truly impressive.

Thank Km2014230
Reviewed 2 days ago

The rock garden itself is a little underwhelming, though still pretty, but the temple grounds are beautiful. I loved all the lily pads and walking around the water.

Thank globetrotting-elissa
Reviewed 2 days ago

This fascinating temple impressed us with it's gorgeous lily pond and the tranquility of it's Zen garden with 15 rocks on fine swept pebbles where people can pause to contemplate and meditate. It is said that if you can see all 15 rocks at once...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best place to find and feel the mind Japanese. If you sit by the garden to find a moment of tranqulity provided you manage to visit this garden early in the morning before crowded wit people. To visit this garden...More

Thank kayoko t
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice temple to be visited. We were here with lots of rain it did make a very special atmosphere.

Thank Paolo P
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

A relaxing and soothing temple to visit. Although it can get crowded, most people are quiet and respectful at the rock garden. Find a place to sit, relax and enjoy the rock garden. Then enjoy walking around the grounds and ponds.

Thank BCofOC
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We squeezed this visit between thousand Buddhas Sanjusangendo temple and fushimi inari climb. It was a nice and relaxing experience. We sat next to the garden and enjoyed the breeze in a hot summer day. The temple grounds was one of the humbling places I...More

Thank erhan t
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Ryoanji Temple is a wonderful example of the concept of Zen Buddhism in Japan. The temple and its gardens are very special and a clear statement of the art and history. It is also very popular and sometimes much too crowded and busy. i highly...More

Thank judyth101
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

While it was interesting to see Kyoto’s famous Zen garden, there is not much else to do. The temple was rather busy so it was hard to find somewhere to sit. Apart from that it was very easy to relax there. The place is very...More

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 17 July 2018

This place is packed with tourists so just be patient and get a seat on the steps to contemplate the rock garden! Really incredible and inspired us to create a zen garden when we got home.

Thank Sus C
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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.