A temple where you can relax while gazing at a beautiful rock garden
Ryoan-ji is a small temple, yet a popular tourist spot located near Kinkaku-ji Temple. Many people visit this temple mostly because of the famous rock garden. The rock garden is a small garden composed of white sand and 15 rocks. An interesting attribute of the rock garden is that it is made in a way that from any angle, you cannot see all 15 rocks. It remains a mystery as to who made this garden and why. However, gazing at the garden is oddly calming and relaxing. In addition, there are wooden buildings filled with history and a beautiful pond surrounded by greenery. We recommend that you visit Ryoan-ji Temple in the morning, sit on one of the benches and think about the day ahead.
The Rock Garden
The Rock Garden
The garden is fairly small, measuring in at 25 meters by 10 meters. Assembled with 15 rocks and white sand, it is recommend that you also pay special attention to the uniquely-colored earthen walls surrounding the place. Looking at the walls surrounding the garden creates further depth giving the garden an illusion of added length. When you are there, try to count how many stones there are. 15 rocks are placed, however, no matter from what angle the garden is looked at, most people can only see 14 rocks. Who made this garden and why still remains a mystery.
Kuri - The Main Building of the Temple
Kuri - The Main Building of the Temple
When walking through the path towards the shrine, this is one of the first buildings you will see. Although it's a simple white-walled building made of wood, it is a dignified and impressive structure. Also, pay attention to the bamboo fence on both sides of the stone steps. The bamboo is expertly used to create a beautiful overall structure.
Look Over Kyoyochi Pond
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Look Over Kyoyochi Pond
This pond surrounded by many flowers is spacious, and the trees reflect on it quite beautifully. As you watch the ducks and swans swim, you can also gaze at the mountains behind Ryoan-ji. Just observing the scenery is relaxing. It is recommend that you sit on a bench and just take a moment to take it all in.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Look at the rock garden from inside the building. Please do not walk on the rock garden. Do not enter restricted areas, and do not eat within the grounds.
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Come early in the morning! With few people around, you can take your time at the rock garden. You can fully relax and let the garden melt away your stress. Enjoy the different flowers of the four seasons at Kyoyochi Pond. Come in spring and fall if you can! Also, you have to take off your shoes when you enter the building. Wear thick socks if you come in winter so your feet don't get a cold.
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Ryuan-ji Temple is famous for their rock garden with the white sand. When you sit at the edge of the temple you can feel calm and composed. The temple is a popular sightseeing spot, so those of you who want to view it at their own pace should go early in the morning! The clear morning air will make feel even more refreshed.
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Ryoan-ji Temple / 龍安寺
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-463-2216
Address 13, Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8001
Directions 7-minute walk from Keifuku Kitano Line Ryoanjimichi Stn
Open Hours March 1 - November 30: 8am - 5pm December 1 – The end of February: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Notes You need about 30 to 40 minutes for a visit. In the morning, you can take your time and avoid the crowd. Many people like to visit during weekend afternoons and during high seasons of spring and fall.
Price range
Adult:500yen Age15 and under:300yen
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
There are English pamphlets available. There is also English information throughout the grounds.
Information Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
URL1 http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/index.html
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