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Ryoanji Temple, Ukyo

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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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  • Steinhage er berømt og vel verdt et besøk, men man sitter tett med mange, noe som forstyrrer opplevelsen. Vi gikk midt på dagen og det var mange besøkende. Om du spaserer rundt område ellers er det ro...  more »
  • Quite a beautiful rock garden but it was overcrowded with a lot of visitors so wasn’t overly tranquil. Lovely gardens surrounding the rock garden as well. Cost about 500 yen per entry for adults  more »
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