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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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  • Madame Josephine, you are an idiot. I, an American, went to the garden yesterday and enjoyed the garden save for loud Germans, French, and Japanese. This has nothing to do with nationality.  more »
  • A (nice) temple, which can be visited in 15 min (admission 500 yen per person is so a bit expensive paid...). But do not expect something extraordinary. Nice but no more.
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