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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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  • This is clearly over sold as a sight. First things first save your money and don't buy the ticket to the rock garden at the front gate. This is the only thing you need the ticket for and it can appare...  more »
  • The rock garden is what many people may know the temple for, but the gardens are spectacular in cherry blossom season, so make sure you take a walk around the lake.  more »
  • Original rock say ryoan-ji Temple is the ryoan-ji Temple is also one of the Kyoto World Heritage Kyoto cultural heritage. Place small fit 15 stone is located in the Garden this garden view from any position and always invisible where one stone is placed in our hands, made gardens and intended a mystery that complement the interest further.
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