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Ryoanji Temple

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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First time to Kyoto and I hit this up with the nearby temple. This was OK and I would recommend going if you haven't been to a rock garden before. I went when it was raining and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To get to Ryoanji Temple we walked from Kinkakuji Temple approximately 50 minutes, slightly uphill, as they are in the same area. The grounds in the fall foliage are simply superb. It was a lovely sunny day when we visited and the views were simply wonderful. It was the first time to ever see a rock garden and it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the quintessential zen garden and the surrounding tailored landscape is wonderful. The large rocks receive a meditative landscaping rake around them each day. It is a beautiful place. Even with the exuberant group of rather noisy students there on a school trip it was still an amazing place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the must see temples in Kyoto. Of course an amazing rock garden. There is one place to stand, where you can see all of the rocks at once. You can tell where it is, because that is where all the photographers are. Beautiful gardens. Our guide had us listen to the squeaky floors. This was their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not taking into account the throngs of people (best to head there early), this place is really something quite unique. i totally loved the zen vibe of the temple and the rock garden. do read up on the history before you visit as it will make it so much more meaningful!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is what it is, a rock garden with beautiful gardens around the temple. If you've never seen a rock garden before, it's worth a look but isn't the most exciting thing if you're not into the history and meaning behind it. Fun to check off the list and it's close to Kinkaku Ji (gold temple) so you may as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time to Kyoto and I hit this up with the nearby temple. This was OK and I would recommend going if you haven't been to a rock garden before. I went when it was raining and spent approximately 30 minutes in it, so not long. Nothing earth shattering, just another cool piece of Asian culture if that sort of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The grounds make for a relaxing walk, and it was especially beautiful with the autumn leaves. The rock garden is an interesting highlight of the temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The first time I went here they were renovating the inside and access was a little limited. This time I got the full view and at a peaceful time between tour parties. What a restful place. so glad I had a chance to fully take it in at a relatively quiet time. Good momiji in the outer extensive lake and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is probably one of the more underrated temples. Not many go to it for autumn colours but it is surprisingly good! It is famed for its rock garden which can be really calming but for those who wants colours. Its outer garden with lake is nothing short of amazing. With the leaves being reflected on the lake , it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You have to see it. It will be crowded, but you'll eventually get a seat and can sit for as long as you like. Fascinating to say the least!

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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 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.
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