Ryoan-ji

Highly recommended
So much has been written about this garden that it is easy to overlook the Buddhist temple for which it was created, the Ryoan-ji, temple of the "peaceful dragon", which was founded in 1473. The rectangular garden is surrounded by three clay walls. Fifteen moss-covered rocks lie on an expanse of carefully raked white gravel in an endlessly enigmatic composition. What better way to take the first step on the path to Enlightenment?

Useful information

Price:

500 JPY

Opening hours

Mars-Nov: 8am-5pm; Dec-Feb: 8.30am-4.30pm

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