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Temple with garden

The temple itself is old and is clearly a temple used by worshippers. At the back there is a... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Stephan1954
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Ryotanji Garden is one of the very best Japanese gardens in Shizuoka Prefecture

Ryotanji Garden is one of the very best Japanese gardens in Shizuoka Prefecture, though it is in an... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
John L
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Kamakura Japan
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Hamamatsu has its attractions--good food, beautiful lake, friendly business environment--but its temples aren't well known. There are hundreds of temples in Hamamatsu, and although they are very special to visit for someone coming from another country, I can see why they aren't leading tourist destinations.

However, the Ryotanji Temple is something else. Parts of the temple feature just gorgeous architecture, and the surrounding area is very peaceful and full of trees. However, the main attraction is the beautiful rock garden, a place that, in my inexpert opinion, rivals some of the gardens in Kyoto.

The staff is very helpful and even offered pamphlets in English, which was a nice touch. Adding to the appeal of this temple is its location: we went to Kiga station and then took a nice drive around the lake to this temple. This part of Hamamatsu is beautiful, really beautiful.

If you're in Hama on a business trip, I definitely recommend checking out this temple.

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Reviewed 5 July 2009

Ryotanji is best known by the rock garden created by the art master Enshu Kobori, well-known garden creator in late 16th to 17th century. The garden was designed so that by viewing from the study room the rock can be seen equally aligned. But the temple's appeal does not end there. The temple's atmosphere gives you the piece of mind by seeing the great sculpture works or bhudda statues, artful calligraphy scrolls. If you are interested in Japanese history it has lots of Iyi clan properties including that of Naosuke Iyi who was assasinated in Sakuradamon gate in 1860. And don't forget that the restroom is inside the temple and not at parking space.

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Reviewed 7 March 2008

It Ryotanji, you get a little bit of everything in a compact, pleasant atmosphere. If you are only going to one temple/shrine in the area, this is a great representative. There is a shrine adjacent, and a traditional cemetery in the back. They have pamphlets in English available. The temple has the traditional gate with good examples of the nios who guard the temples. There are several gardens, all were lovely. The golden Buddha inside was larger than I expected. And the most photographed area is the rock garden in the back of the temple. And the temple has nightengale floors. I spent a lot of time poking around and taking pictures. I recommend this little setup for anybody visiting Hamamatsu. It had a little of everything - shrine, temple, garden, Buddha, traditional architecture - in one convenient location.

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