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Ryoanji Temple

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Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Relaxation and beauty

Kyoto has many beautiful temples, this one is worth a visit as it has a very pretty lake, the temple invites you to relax and wind back. I would recommend to check it out.

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

Kyoto has many beautiful temples, this one is worth a visit as it has a very pretty lake, the temple invites you to relax and wind back. I would recommend to check it out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple is famous for its rock garden and offers a nice balcony for reflection. But the garden is only a small part of the temple as it's also dominated by a large and beautiful pond, as well as a mini shrine that looks like it is from SE Asia and is in commemoration to the soldiers lost during the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are a lot of beautiful places in Kyoto, but this zen garden is just lovely and should not be missed! Our guide brought us here and explained a bit of the history which truly helped enhance the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ryoanji has been renovated and is once again open for contemplation. Fifteen carefully placed rocks and raked gravel make for a reflective zen space. Thought to date from the 15th Century it is renowned throughout the world as the ultimate example of "karesansui" or dry landscape rock garden.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another Kyoto "must see". The history of the garden is fascinating. If you can see all 15 rocks from the same place then you have reached higher consciousness. Of course my husband said he could see all 15. lol Maybe we are taller now than when the garden was designed in the 14th century. Really beautiful place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Temple that fascinated by its history and philosophical background. Good to read the Temple introduction leaflet first, and to feel the claim and peaceful atmosphere in the temple! May be you can get your own inspiration from it!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is very beautiful and much lass busy and crowed than some other major Kyoto sights. The main attraction is the very famous Zen garden, one of the first every made. It is remarkable what 15 stones and some gravel can achieve. Sit quietly and contemplate the infinite. This is more worthy of meaning and deep thought than any... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tiny rock garden. Not worth special trip. Go to Hyatt Regency instead. Much nicer rock garden. Landscaping ok, but not particularly impressive.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The stone garden is a beautiful demonstration of zen mentality. However, that's it. It won't leave you awed, like many other attractions in Kyoto and, in winter, the surrounding gardens are unimpressive, with most plants dead. Also, the fact that you must pay to see the zen garden (which is pretty small by the way), leaves one with a sour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this place is famous because it holds the world's most famous rock garden. Sounds crazy, right? No, it is so calming! You take your shoes off and walk on this beautiful teak floor to the edge of the garden and sit. You just sit and hope that some loser won't start flapping their gums and ruin the moment. Which... More 

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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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