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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2216
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“rock garden” (359 reviews)
“zen garden” (197 reviews)
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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"rock garden"
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"zen garden"
in 197 reviews
"famous rock"
in 50 reviews
"white gravel"
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"raked gravel"
in 18 reviews
"zen experience"
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"dry garden"
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"the main attraction"
in 24 reviews
"golden pavilion"
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"surrounding gardens"
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"peaceful place"
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"worth a visit"
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"cherry blossoms"
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"rocks"
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"pond"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't come here and not feel Zen after spending time marvelling at the dry landscape garden. But also the surrounding gardens are quite beautiful too. Worth the trek. But you need not stop at the cafe for lunch - average good and limited choice.

Thank ByronofMelbourne
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Far too many visitors to find it restorative to meditate here and I felt there was more to view at other Kyoto sites if pushed for time or if you have to choose between which of the shrines/temples to view. The photos presented by other...More

Thank tsaes
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It has a garden without any plants that dates five hundred years ago it is a stony garden on the top you have to leave your shoes outside the temple which is surrounded by a beautiful real gard full of plants

Thank Mostafa A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Differing from the other temples in Kyoto, the Ryoanji Temple is best known for its rock garden -- 15 rocks places on white gravel in such a manner that it is nearly impossible to see all of them at once. It is designed for meditation,...More

Thank moviegeekjn
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Best known for it's Rock garden. 15 rocks placed placed in a specific matter. White gravel surround the rocks and are raked each day. The meaning of the garden and the founder are still unknown to this day

Thank Mars1964
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting many temples in Tokyo and Kyoto, it is nice to see a temple with unique rock gardens. It is quite peaceful despite all the visitors. The grounds are also quite lovely, with a cherry tree grove. The yoshino cherry blossoms are starting to...More

Thank Brown_Samantha
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Ryouanji on a rainy day, and it was the best think we could have done. It was just a drizzle when we came there, and we were lucky enough to had been able to enjoy the gardens almost without needing umbrellas - and...More

Thank EFox K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the temple and gardens on a Wednesday around midday, and was pleasantly surprised to see how few tourists there were (I'm not sure if it was because it was windy/cloudy with chances of rain). The temple's location isn't directly on a JR line...More

Thank Natasha I
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is near the Philosopher Path and has a nice garden with great landscape. Worth a visit when in the area esp. when cherry blossom is in bloom.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit. This is a Zen temple and has stones and sand in interesting layouts. It has springs and also an ancient purification washing place which dates back a long time

Thank Bernie S
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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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Mandfu
16 November 2016|
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Response from dcpalter | Reviewed this property |
There is. Ryoanji Yuudofu tofu restaurant.
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Mandfu
16 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.
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