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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

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With a history spanning over five centuries, Ryoanji Temple boasts probably the nation's most iconic rock garden. Founded in 1450, the temple stands atop an even older aristocrat's residence. The garden notably features 15 rocks of varying sizes and shapes spread out across the surface, each surrounded by a small patch of moss. Think about the mysterious symbolism of the garden, which features a design that obscures at least one rock from view from all angles. Afterwards, wander the extensive temple grounds, which boast a number of walking trails, shrines, flowering trees, and a pond. Wrap up you visit with a quick meal at the onsite cafe. Plan to see Ryoanji Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto trip planner .
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  • We visited at the cold end of dancing snowflakes. Famous karesansui Garden was small, carefully sitting porch was devised for views. When the mind is tired, I stand here and I thought the tears flowing. Since it is winter leaves and the flowers on the trees. But the cherry blooms so I wonder if, when the Maple leaves clean... casserole many imagined. Seasonal differences in facial expressions. It is a temple to visit many times. Come alone they wanted were foreign tourists, but even just click here to visit and admire the rock quietly, really came of it made me think. (There were more Western. ) Is a world cultural heritage of Japan.
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  • This temple is a marvel. The garden also contains a Shinto shrine, as is the case in 9/10 Buddhist temples to the Japan. There are 15 stones in the garden but you can never see the 15, there's always one. There is also the very beautiful garden of foam right side.
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  • It is noisy, crowded tourist, so I thought was very small. Did not know excursion since it was still in the garden has a meaning and intention.
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