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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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  • This temple still a karesansui garden is famous. Be seen quietly visited on school trips, etc, so is morning or evening. I can face myself and spend some quiet time sitting on the veranda overlooking the garden.
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  • The Buddhist temple is similar to many that you might see around Kyoto. The main attraction is the famous rock garden which was built with 15 rocks. The smaller white stones are raked around these roc...  more »
  • We enjoyed trying to spot "all" the rocks. Our guide had given us a little clue, so we were successful.  more »
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