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Ryoanji Temple

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-463-2216
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“rock garden” (339 reviews)
“zen garden” (190 reviews)
“famous rock” (49 reviews)
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13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto 616-8001, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Unless you can be there in solitude and feel like meditating about rock placement, this site is a little disappointing (at least to me). It was smaller than expected. It is as advertised, 15 different-sized rocks in different clusters, set in sand. IMO you can...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth visiting providing you can get a seat along the platform and admire the Zen Garden. We were there on a very busy day and while there were many visitors, mostly Japanese - well behaved, it was possible to gain a space and...More

Thank Suttontravels2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of many similar rock gardens, extremely well maintained and if there are not many visitors a place to rest and contemplate. However on a busy tour with other gardens and temples to see it was really only ticking the box.

Thank RodgerH74
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ryoan-ji has pretty grounds with some nice autumn colours, particularly around the lake in front of the temple complex. It is best known known for the zen rock garden, with its simple elegance best appreciated either early or late in the day, avoiding the crowds...More

Thank garetjax72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try combining this with Kinkakuji and Ninaji temples, the three of them are superbe. This one has an enormous green space and one truly beautiful sand garden. Allow some time to stroll and admire the greenery around the temple.

Thank serchpodolski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very relaxing place, there is no admission fee around this place. Autumn leaves are the most beautiful place in Kyoto. It is a place to offer cheap tourism. (However, in the building of Dragonji, the stone garden is charged.) とても落ち着く場所、この周りは拝観料はかかりません。紅葉が京都で一番きれいな場所です。安価な観光を提供する場所です。 (ただし、龍案寺の建物の中は、石の庭は有料です)

Thank カープ坊主
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reviews for most of the temples/gardens in Kyoto contain the same caveat: "arrive early before the tour buses!" But one can be early to only so many temples, assuming a short stay in Kyoto. Ryoan-ji is the temple where early arrival really makes a difference....More

1  Thank Jade050
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely garden with large pond / small lake and peaceful stone garden. It's worth getting here early to avoid the crowd and to enjoy the peace.

Thank Markwsters1974
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The earlier you show up, the better it is. Tour groups show up by mid-morning and it's crowded until close. This is the most famous Zen rock garden on the planet, so show up early and enjoy it in silence as it was meant to...More

Thank generalklagg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From Kinkaku-Ji it will take you less than 30 mns walk to reach Ryoan-Ji and its stone garden. It is really nice and nested in a wider park with a nice lake. Definitely worth it

Thank BLshanghai
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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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.