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Ryoanji temple

Ryoanji templeMap around RyoanjiRyoanji is a Zen Buddhist temple located at the northwest part of central Kyoto.

Kinkakuji temple is located about 1.5 km northeast of this temple.

This temple is one of 17 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" designated as a World Heritage Site.
It is well-known as its rock garden.

This temple was founded in 1450.
Most of the temples were destroyed by fire in 1797, then they were rebuilt after that.

There is Kyouyouchi pond in the south part of the site, and some buildings are to the north.

Houjou hall was built in 1606, and it is designated as important cultural property.

And the famous rock garden has been set up as the garden of Houjou.

The rock garden (In Japanese, it is called "sekitei".) is about 10 meters long and about 30 meters wide.
It is filled with white sand, and many lines are set up on the surface with rakes.
In the garden, 15 various rocks are arranged.

Apparently, it seems that the rocks have been put at random.
They are divided into five groups. (Each group has 5, 2, 3, 2 and 3 rocks.)

When we see this garden, we can find 14 rocks in our vision and only one rock is hidden at the back of these rocks.
But it is said that we can find all rocks only at the center of Houjou.

With seeing this simple but meaningful garden, we can enjoy thinking something silently.

The admission fee to this temple is 500 yen.

Ryoanji official website

Kyoto, Garden in Ryoanji temple

How to get to here

By route bus

From Kinkakuji-mae stop, about 5 minutes to Ryoanji-mae stop, by bus with route No. 59.

By railroad

By Randen (Kitano Line of Keifuku Electric Railroad), about 3 minutes from Kitano-Hakubaicho to Ryoanji. Then about 10 minutes walk from there.

Main gate of Ryoanji
Kyouyouchi pond in autumn
Approach to the temple
Kuri (Priest's quarters)
Sekitei in Ryoanji
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Rooms in Houjou
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Tsukubai (basin for washing hands)
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun

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