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I walked to this Zen garden after visiting the Golden Temple. It is a fair walk, but if you are 'traveling', the wander is all part of the experience and you discover a few things on the way. As a Westerner it was good to...More
This is a Zen Temple, so make sure to adopt that attitude as you enter the campus. There will probably be other people there, for one, but don't let that ruin your experience. Also, don't rush past every other aspect Ryoanji has to offer just...More
It ain't big, but is is great. On 300 square meters, Ryoanji garden, houses 15 rocks in a pebble bed. Some have moss on their feet, others are sunk in stone. Bald and on gurad. They are waiting for enlightment. Enlightment of the souls of...More
I must admit that while I did enjoy my visit, the calm and peaceful serenity I was seeking was no where to be found. This has nothing to do with the natural surroundings, the temple, or the simple yet beautiful rock gardens. The tree trimming...More
I visit Ryoanji whenever I visit Japan. People walk in chatting, sit down and look at the Rock Garden and fall silent. It just happens. I sit for at least 20 minutes observing the rocks, the raked gravel, the patterns of oil in the wall,...More
There are many temples in Kyoto and it's easy to get temple-overload. Ryoanji is a MUST-SEE because of its famous zen rock garden. 15 rocks are arranged across a gravel canvas and from any one vantage point, only 14 can be viewed at any one...More
This is another Kyoto icon that should be visited if possible. I had enough time to sit back and relax and I found the Zen garden mesmerising. It is an interesting aspect of Japanese culture.
I combined it with a visit to Kinkakuji.
We watched a documentary on Ryōan-ji on television and my husband asked excitedly if we are going. I said "Sure!" . I certainly remember visiting this garden in 1992. I imagine that if I visit it again on Sep 24 2010, nothing would have changed....More
If you are visiting the Kinkakuji then the Ryoanji is a few bus stops further along, and worth the trip. The Zen garden is interesting especially if you have a guide to explain it to you, or can evesdrop on someone else's. Apparently there are...More
The rock garden is really nothing to see. It's just rocks, no greenery and all the rocks are kind of the same--different shapes, but same colors and such. The rock garden is currently under renovations, so only 1/3 of it is open, but trust me--you...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.