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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2216
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“rock garden” (333 reviews)
“zen garden” (188 reviews)
“famous rock” (45 reviews)
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-463-2216
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Reviewed today via mobile

Yet another temple but it combines small pond (lake) with an small but interesting temple. Don't allow a lot of time for your visit, 1 to 1.5 hours is more than enough.

Thank Barrington S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Despite being a postcard, not so meaningful for me A yard with some rocks, famous as a result of many discussions about the origin of the rocks (including ET, among possibilities) There is a beautiful lake It is worth, but not a must see!

Thank 663Roberta
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although not originally on my list of places to see in Kyoto, I found myself at the Ryoanji Temple when I joined a guided tour of Kyoto, primarily to visit the nearby Kinkakuji Temple nearby. I am so glad that I visited because it really...More

Thank Peter320318
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple has good rock design garden and small lake. You can sit at next to the garden to see that and relaxing at there. We payed ¥1000 for me and my boyfriend so ¥500 for a parson to see the temple. There is really...More

Thank 万由子 上
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Normally its a quiet place according to our guide,but the day we were there its crowded with junior students. Its still a good place to visit. I recommend it to see together with the golden pavilion because of their proximity.

Thank arronyjames
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a lot of famous temples in Japan and maybe half them are in Kyoto. Ryoan-ji's rock garden is the pinnacle of Zen gardens - arguably the most famous example of Zen art, perhaps The Highest Masterpiece and expression of Japanese culture. But, for...More

1  Thank dharmathug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The outside gardens are beautiful. The rock garden itself, well... Probably excellent if you are an expert. At least so they say. Frankly, if you are just a layman like us, it's vastly over-rated. Other than this disappointment, the gardens are enjoyable.

Thank dan_pub1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden has to be seen it is stunning in its simplicity and really is a place for contemplation , sits within a beautiful wider park with some nice walks , slow down and take some time out here Ryoanji temple

Thank IntheloopScot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You got to go to this place, and you got to sit in front of the rocks and mediating. I compare this to the art masterpieces produced by Van Gogh or Monet. This is surely a masterpiece of art - because it is shocking and...More

Thank J G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our favourite temple in Kyoto! A true gem- beautiful garden, exquisite temple, impressive rock garden and a nice terrace all around the temple to enjoy quiet atmosphere and genuine beauty of nature. And an added bonus-not a lot of tourists!

Thank Inta L
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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27 December 2016|
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Response from Artisteyes | Reviewed this property |
I suspect your best bet is searching on Ebay amongst the Japanese sellers or just search the Ryoanji online as many of the Japanese sites offer English translations. As there are many sorts of owls you are best seaching for... More
17 November 2016|
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Response from dcpalter | Reviewed this property |
There is. Ryoanji Yuudofu tofu restaurant.
17 November 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.