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  • Address: Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Hours: 8am - 5pm March - November and 8:30am - 4:30pm December - February.
  • Admission: 500¥

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Ryoan-ji Tours

No matter from where visitors view Japan's most famous rock garden, at least one rock is always hidden from sight. That's one of the reasons that Ryoan-ji, a temple with an accompanying zen rock garden, attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Originally a residence for aristocrats, the site was converted to a Buddhist temple in 1450. The temple features traditional Japanese paintings on sliding doors, a refurbished zen kitchen, and tatami, or straw mat, floors.

The temple's main attraction has always been the rock garden, as much for its meditative qualities as a desire to find meaning in its minimalistic attributes. The garden is a rectangular plot of pebbles with 15 larger stones on moss swaths interspersed seemingly arbitrarily. Some have said the garden represents infinity; others see it in an endless sea. Ryoan-ji is nestled down a wooded path that crosses over a beautiful pond with several walking trails. The luscious setting is as attractive as the temple itself.

Practical Info

Take a JR bus from Kyoto Station directly to Ryoan-ji. The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes, and buses run every 15-30 minutes. Another option is to take a bus ride of a 20 minute walk from Kinkaku-ji Temple. By train, take the Keifuku Kitano line, get off at Ryoanji-michi Station, and walk approximately 5-10 minutes to the temple. The entrance fee is 500 yen ($5USD), and the temple is open year-round from 8:00m-5:00pm March through November and 8:30am-4:30pm December through February.

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Private Tour: Full-Day Kyoto Photoshoot and Sightseeing, Kyoto, null
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Private Tour: Full-Day Kyoto Photoshoot and Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

View the awe-inspiring sites of Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Temple, followed by the Ryoanji Rock Garden, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Then you will head to the ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $997.46
Private Kyoto Tour with a Professional Photographer, Kyoto, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Kyoto Tour with a Professional Photographer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The tour starts out by visiting the UNESCO Sites of the Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Ryoanji Rock Zen Garden, the Nijo Castle, the Nishiki Fish Market (for lunch), ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $997.46
Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day, Kyoto, Full-day Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Create your own sightseeing itinerary on a private, customized tour of Kyoto. You’re accompanied via public transport to a few of the cultural capital’s 2,000 ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Full-day: 8 hrs (approx.)
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Half-day: 4 hrs (approx.)

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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Custom Private Tours
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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.86
Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape, Kyoto, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

This 3-hour private walking tour of Kyoto’s beautiful Japanese gardens takes you to several Zen Buddhist temples with a local scholar. Admire Mirror Pond at ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $430.00
Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape, Kyoto, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Garden and landscape design is an art form that has shaped Japanese aesthetics for centuries. On this 3-hour scholar-led walking tour of Kyoto, you’ll see a ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

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