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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

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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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  • Ryoanji Temple is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors every day. We came here because it was a UNESCO World Heritage site and listed in 1994. Ryoanji is...  more »
  • We visited the temple around 3pm, it was not crowded, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery around the temple, admired the famous rock garden, inside the building, you need to take your shoe off to visit.....  more »
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