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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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  • A temple of the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect and a World Heritage Site. It was originally a country house and it was converted in 1450 to a Zen training temple. It is a beautiful Zen Garden.....  more »
  • The kare-sansui (dry landscape) garden at Ryoanji Temple has delighted visitors for centuries , the meaning embodied in the garden has been lost in time, it has also undergone a couple of make overs.....  more »

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