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Monday, September 10, 2012

Ryoanji Temple Burmese Pagoda

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Kyoto's Ryoanji Temple has other large gardens as well as its world famous dry stone Zen garden.

Ryoanji Temple Burmese Pagoda, Kyoto

As visitors walk from the Zen garden they will see a white Burmese style pagoda on their way to the exit. This pagoda was raised in 1970 by Joei Matsukura, the 58th Chief Priest of Ryoanji who served in a mechanized division in Burma during World War II.

Ryoanji Temple Burmese Pagoda, Kyoto, Japan

The white pagoda serves as a memorial and cenotaph for soldiers who died in the Burma campaign (1942-1945) and was built with donations from their comrades in arms who managed to return safely to Japan.

There are similar pagodas throughout Japan including one on the summit of Mt. Bizen in Tokushima, Shikoku.

Access - Getting to Ryoanji

Bus #59 from Keihan Sanjo station or Ryoan-ji Station on the Keifuku Kitano Line from Kitano Hakubaicho station.

13 Ryoanji Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: 075 463 2216

Details

Mar 1st - Nov 30th : 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dec 1st - End of Feb : 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee

Adults, High School students: 500 yen
Junior High School students and under: 300 yen

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