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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2216
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-463-2216
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Reviewed yesterday

Most people were respectful and quiet so it was possible to just be, even with many others around. A soft autumn rain added to the experience. Be sure to walk around the grounds. Many beautiful vistas.

Thank UrbanGirl808
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A short walk away from the popular Kinkakuji temple. This is a must see when in the area. The rock garden is stunning. I felt very relaxed and reflective when here. Also it was nice to see inside the main part of the temple which...More

Thank Dandyman80
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were totally in awe of this garden with the 15 rocks. It has a magical quality that will make you stop and ponder the significance of the design. The wisdom within the simplicity of this garden is beautiful.

Thank LGB65
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I haven’t been to this temple and rock garden for a few years. Still tranquil and peaceful. The path leading up to the rock garden has a lotus pond. Rock garden is very popular and there can be a lot of people. I went at...More

Thank singinggigi
Reviewed 4 days ago

This garden is indeed lovely and definitely worth a stop on anyone's tour of Kyoto. Spoiler alert: A very tall tourist from Scandinavia, I believe, popped the bubble by noting that he could see all 15 rocks. This in no way detracts from the profound...More

Thank Snarth
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's pretty, and the rock garden is lovely. It was not unique, though, and I don't think it was worth the 500 yen entrance fee.

Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 5 days ago

The location of the temple is very close Kinkakuji temple. In fact one can walk down to Ryoanji temple after finishing the Kinkakuji temple. the uniqueness of this temple is having a different concept which is more philosophical . One is supposed to understand the...More

Thank SudhanshuBangalore
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The grounds of the temple are amazing. It is worth taking some time to see more than the temple. The stone garden is really cool and people are totally respectful and quiet, which makes you actually feel relaxed and sort of understand how it was...More

Thank Evaristo-Lopez
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Far less crowded than other tourist attractions and worth a visit. The gardens are beautiful and the stone attraction is beautiful and peaceful. Recommend

Thank LondonPilot
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As per Kinkakuji temple get there early before buses. I went immediately after Kinkakuji visit so it was quiet. Saw rock garden on BBC 4 series on Japan so wanted to visit. Great place to sit, look at the rocks and chill. Very peaceful. Again...More

Thank baltoriolesblue
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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27 December 2016|
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Response from Artisteyes | Reviewed this property |
I suspect your best bet is searching on Ebay amongst the Japanese sellers or just search the Ryoanji online as many of the Japanese sites offer English translations. As there are many sorts of owls you are best seaching for... More
17 November 2016|
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Response from dcpalter | Reviewed this property |
There is. Ryoanji Yuudofu tofu restaurant.
17 November 2016|
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Response from YuryGr | Reviewed this property |
Ryoanji Yudofu, vegetarian restaurant, no reservation needed. Plenty of meals mostly based on tofu.