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- 98%Local Culture
- 92%History Buffs
- 92%Spiritual Seekers
- 83%Art & Design Lovers
- 58%Family Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (12)
- RyoanjiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 06, 2013
The most famous example of a zen rock garden. A must-see in Kyoto. At first glance, the garden may seem simple or even boring to some but well worth taking the time to sit and appreciate the details.
- RyoanjiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 02, 2014
Ryoanji Temple is famous for its rock garden - 15 rocks are arranged in small groups in such way that from any vantage point you can never see all 15 rocks. Try to get there early in the morning when it’s not crowded, so you can quietly enjoy it. Besides the rock garden, the grounds of the temple are very nice – make sure you take a walk there. It is especially beautiful when the cherry trees are blooming. I never have seen such tall (probably very old) blooming cherry trees. They were spectacular, and for me they were the highlight of the visit to the Ryoanji Temple.
Practical Tip: If you are visiting this site on your own (not as part of a tour), you can easily combine it with visiting two other famous temples (Kinkakuji Temple and Ninnaji Ttemple) which are located within walking distance from each other. You can take a bus 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station to the Kinkakuji Michi bus stop, then walk to Kinkakuji Temple, then to Ryoanji Temple, and then to Ninnaji Temple. Try to get to the first temple (Kinkakuji Temple) at the opening time, so you can visit it before the tour busses get there, plus still get to Ryoanji Temple early enough to enjoy it without tons of tourists.
- RyoanjiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 15, 2013
Ryoanji (龍安寺) is well known for its rock garden. From Kyoto station it will take about 25 min by bus (#50 bus getting off at Ritumeikan University (立命館大学前)) then a 5 min walk to the temple. Since it is away form the city center and in the mountains it is somewhat more quiet and relaxing place. (English Site Link: http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/)
- RyoanjiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Sep 14, 2012
You've had the mini-version on your desk at work for years, now see the original rock garden temple. Although I was initially blown away by the thousands of people milling around (not quite as peaceful as I'd hoped), I did love being here and experiencing the beauty. If you can, come very early in the morning or off-season.
- RyoanjiMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
Unless you are VERY into rock gardens and understand the fundamental and historic differences between them, this is a pleasurable but standard temple that is most distinguished by the heavy crowds. On a time-constrained visit, I would recommend it be skipped.
- RyoanjiFirst to ReviewOct 18, 2013
With elemental design and a sense of lonely serenity, this raked Zen rock garden is one of Japan's most famous. It was here that Beat poet Gary Snyder found inspiration, and perhaps you will, too. The garden is tiny, and the benches surrounding it are often full to capacity. So show up early or late in the day to have a meditative moment to yourself.
- RyoanjiMar 25, 2013
Roanji is another one of those famous places that make it into travel guides because of the zen rock garden here. People who visit Roanji like to sit on the platform just about the zen garden to stare, relax, and calm themselves (and it's equally quiet). Other than the main building, the rest of the grounds are also really well manicured and peaceful.
- RyoanjiJan 04, 2013
Ryoanji, for me, is the most mind-blowing amongst all Kyoto temples. Understated, pure but intelligent and timeless. The 15-rock garden created in 14th century revealing the upmost buddhist thought is still inspirational to many today. Doesn't take golds and silvers to show glory.