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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
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.
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
The highlight of this garden is the Zen dry garden, so to be able to gaze over it and enjoy its simplicity and serenity was completely spoiled on our visit by loud Americans discussing Grandma in Kansas. Why do people like this, with no idea...More
Ryoanji temple is known its zen style rock garden. It is located near Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion. However, it is apparently not as popular or famous as Golden Pavill. That is blessing because you can enjoy relatively peaceful quiet moments watching and appreciating the rock garden,...More
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
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.