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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 3 days 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

Thank Donald W
Reviewed 3 days 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 5 days 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

Thank Ghanshyam_51
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Madame Josephine, you are an idiot. I, an American, went to the garden yesterday and enjoyed the garden save for loud Germans, French, and Japanese. This has nothing to do with nationality.

Thank Thom E
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was part of a tour guide and it was a bit cloudy day but fine. It was a nice walk up the temple and it was nice to see it. It was very relax place and it can be a part to clear your...More

Thank kelly11584
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Hitomi S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Km2014230
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
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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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November 16, 2016|
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Response from dcpalter | Reviewed this property |
There is. Ryoanji Yuudofu tofu restaurant.
November 16, 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.