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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. 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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  • It's nice to see beautiful, large temples that aren't as crowded as Kinkakuji! Even though there was a tour group going through while I was there, they were all still fairly quiet and respectful. Grea...  more »
  • This temple disappointed us a little... We have seen others before and this is small and unattractive. Apart from the dry landscape does not have much more to offer. If you are in the area and spare you a hole, you can come to see it, but if not it is not a great loss.
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  • I went to see the rock. In the garden between the original and surprising look are small, tired. Was seeking a place where a 15 stone. Free of charge car park is less than an hour if you are.
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