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Ryoanji Temple

Closes in 18 min: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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“rock garden”(372 reviews)
“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 June 9, 2018

This place is really interesting with the rock garden and the beautiful pattern made in the gravel. So well cared for. As we walk around we can see the rooms inside and the beautiful [panels. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed June 8, 2018

Fifteen stones set in moss islands dotting a sea of white gravel, but there is no vantage point from which you can see more than 14 stones at one time. It is said you will see fifteen stones when you have reached Enlightenment. I have...More

Thank conifer_doc
Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful place to visit. Pure beauty expression. It seems so modern than you can not believed it is so old. Incredible and amazing place, out of time, out of daily crazy life. Then, take a breath by visiting it. A flyer in english is provided...More

Thank Pascal J
Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

This is it. The ultimate Zen garden. Go and contemplate Buddhist teachings. Combine with the golden temple for the complete experience.

Thank kansasfamily1
Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

This Zen garden is wonderful ... Very peaceful to sit and reflect even with other people about. The gardens as well as the building are fabulous.

Thank James C
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Compared the to opulent gold leaf of nearby Kinkakuji this temple could seem drab, but there is beauty in the peaceful natural setting. Take a walk around the pond and enjoy quiet contemplation at the rock garden.

Thank raquel9e
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Nice place but too touristy, it’s not far from Kinkaku-ji and the Arashiyama, so could be easily combined with them. By the way, if you don’t have time to go there, don’t be disheartened, since there are other great stone gardens, such as those in...More

Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed June 2, 2018

If you tune out the crowd, you would feel the serenity of the place. The rock garden did not disappoint and the slow drizzling rain added to the calm experience as you go about the grounds. The gift shop had some nice souviers, including books...More

Thank JV0214
Reviewed May 31, 2018

While on a month-long business trip to Tokyo, I couldn’t not go on a pilgrimage to Kyoto, being the ardent Japanophile that I am. First stop after the short bus ride from the Shinkansen station was Kinkakuji which ecstatically primed me for the deliciously trance-like...More

Thank Joel A
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

We actually got there by complete accident. Still don't regret, otherwise. Very nice walk except the goddamn mosquitos!

Thank Eliška 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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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.