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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
(3.7/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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. Take a look at our Kyoto trip generator to schedule your visit to Ryoanji Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We went on low season and it was so busy that there was nothing relaxing about it. They should somehow let people in in small groups. It's also a bit too expensive for being that small and un-interest...  more »
  • A sunny day and temperatures. But in these gardens there was a pleasant breeze and rejuvenating. Drop by, go there and meditate. No one speaks, there are noises. Gorgeous.
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  • Another great visit Temple in Kyoto. The stone garden provides a nice image as well as a great moment of reflection during the visit. The temple is surrounded by beautiful Japanese Gardens.
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