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Ryoanji Temple

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Zen Training Temple with garden and pond

Another of the many temples available to visit in Kyoto, and a World Heritage Site. Originally a country house it was later used in the15th century as a Zen training temple. The... read more

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We ended up there based on Lonely Planed recommendation- which was truly disappointing. Don't know what the hype is about knowing there are more places spending time at. If you struggle with the time and spots to visit, don't bother coming here. Entrance is paid (as almost everywhere), so possibly time and money savings if traveling on the budget.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive. There is very peaceful meditation at the rock garden.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another of the many temples available to visit in Kyoto, and a World Heritage Site. Originally a country house it was later used in the15th century as a Zen training temple. The Zen garden consists of 15 rocks set in white gravel and is a feature of the temple, together with the Kyoyochi Pond.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An attractive temple set in some pretty gardens and interesting environment - but the rock garden is superb. You can sit in the veranda of the temple and soak up the simple beauty and tranquility.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful garden and sorting of cherry blossom falling down like confetti or snow and- very zen and the art

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Only about a 15 minute walk from Kinkaku-Ji this temple is a must visit for it's zen garden, it's amazingly beautiful! There is a long wooden walkway you can sit on at the edge of the temple overlooking the zen garden, however due to the crowds you may have to wait to find a spot to sit down. But it... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We got there just before 9am and managed to enjoy the zen garden with a few school children in peace before the crowds grew and made it difficult to enjoy the tranquility it's meant to encourage. A must for enthusiasts!

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Take the time to visit the grounds as well as the Zen temple The Zen garden with the 15 rocks designed that you can only ever see 14 unless spiritually enlightened was a truly serene place if not for the hoards of tourists A must see place

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You will love it if you are in to zen experiences. Otherwise you may wonder what the fuss is about. But it had been there for centuries.

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I was happy that we finally got a chance to go to this site. The zen rock garden itself was lovely, though smaller than I imagined. However the gardens throughout the park were gorgeous. Some of the best I have seen in Japan.

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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 district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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