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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • By going when the shrines open, you can see it in its best and most relaxing light. Spend some time sitting on the porch, trying to see the 15th rock with your third eye! 
  • the most beautiful garden zen of the Japan and the most famous. the temple and the surrounding garden can be visited.
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  • The beauty of this place can be appreciated only in the silence, in the calm and tranquillity (basically the coolest thing is a zen garden), which is why I often recommend to go early in the morning to avoid the confusion. but often this is not possible for tourists, so wouldn't it be easier to put a guardian/a monk/a janitor that maintains the sacred silence? and for goodness sake, stop bringing schoolchildren of screaming kids not only further ruin already little silence, but obviously they cannot appreciate and get bored as well! Again, fine, but it should be keep silent ...
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