Ryoan-ji Temple | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

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[Ryoan-ji Temple]

An old historic temple, famous for the rock garden with 15 stones arranged to express the beauty of zen

A zen temple of the Myoshin-ji Temple school of the Rinzai sect, Myoshin-ji Temple that was established at the foot of Mt. Kinugasa in 1450 by Katsumoto Hosokawa, a shogun's deputy of the Muromachi bakufu. The Hojo Front Garden with 15 stones arranged is also called the "Crossing of the Tiger Cubs Garden" and is designated as a nation's special place of scenic beauty and special historic site. It is said that the garden was created by Soami, however, the designer and year of creation are unknown. The kaiyushiki garden that spreads on the south side preserves an atmosphere of a Heian period garden and is famous for the stone washbasin with an engraved message of "I learn to be contented" from Mitsukuni Tokugawa, which is located in front of the Zorokuan Tea Room. It was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Address 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone +81-75-463-2216
Hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from December to February)
Holidays Open everyday
Admission fee Adults (high school students and over) 500 yen, elementary school students and junior high school students 300 yen
Access Take the Kyoto City bus bound for Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 40 minutes, alight at "Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae" and walk for approx. 7 minutes.
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or be suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.
URL http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/

updated on Sep 29, 2017

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