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Ryoanji Temple, Ukyo

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With a history spanning over five centuries, Ryoanji Temple boasts probably the nation's most iconic rock garden. Founded in 1450, the temple stands atop an even older aristocrat's residence. The garden notably features 15 rocks of varying sizes and shapes spread out across the surface, each surrounded by a small patch of moss. Think about the mysterious symbolism of the garden, which features a design that obscures at least one rock from view from all angles. Afterwards, wander the extensive temple grounds, which boast a number of walking trails, shrines, flowering trees, and a pond. Wrap up you visit with a quick meal at the onsite cafe. Plan to see Ryoanji Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto trip planner.
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  • Ryoan-ji, famous for it’s raked rock garden, is one of Kyoto’s famous attractions and conveniently very close to Kinkakuji. However the rock gardens are very small, and looks exactly like in the...  more »
  • Let's be clear...Ryoan-ji is beautiful! However, like a lot of other places in Kyoto it is drowning in a sea of thoughtless tourists (foreign and Japanese for the record). This was my 2nd visit...  more »
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