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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto龍安寺

Kyoto's Ryoanji is, like the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji), currently under construction.

The roof in and around the stone garden is currently being completely rebuilt.

It is still possible to visit the garden, but it is clear that work is going on.

The zen temple was built in 1450 by Hosokawa Katsumoto. It is an example of karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden.

The white sand garden, which is surrounded on three sides by an earthen wall, is rectangular in shape and 25 meters from east to west and roughly 10 meters north to south.

The are fifteen rocks in five groupings. It is said that until one attains enlightenment, only 14 can be seen at one time.


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


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.


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