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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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  • Watch was nice because it was out of season when visited, we meditate. Season's big voice and became concerned about the camera shutter sound and appeal of your garden it is halved. Great garden itself when done.
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  • We walked here from Kinkakuji temple, took about 20 minutes so you could cover both in the same half day. There's a famous rock garden in the temple with 15 rocks carefully placed. I've attached pictu...  more »
  • Temple in the monastery of Daikoku-Ji, small but nicer than the Daisen-In temple. Really worth to be discovered and to stop.
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