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Ryoanji Temple

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“zen garden”(206 reviews)
“famous rock”(52 reviews)
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-463-2216
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 14, 2016

The gift shop had very unique art offerings that I had not seen in the other temples visited. Most of the souvenirs are the plastic garbage, but the Ryoanji temple had beautiful calligraphy, art, and metalworked gifts. Some were very expensive, but there were many...More

2  Thank Loretta V
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed February 7, 2016

Went there instead of other places due to recommendations from a local friend. The park grounds were not really interesting to exceptionally scenic, then we had to pay to enter the main area to look at the stones, personally, I do not find it exceptionally...More

4  Thank Lionel L
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

2  Thank MadamJosephine
Reviewed October 6, 2018

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 October 2, 2018 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 September 20, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Km2014230
Reviewed September 19, 2018

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 September 19, 2018

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 August 19, 2018

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 August 17, 2018 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 August 13, 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
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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.