Ryoanji Temple Kyoto Reviews
Famous rock garden in Kyoto Oct 02, 2008
The first I went to this temple was in 2000, with a tour group. This time I was on my own.
The Ryoanji Temple is most famous for its Rock Garden. In a sea of pebbles, there are small islands of rocks and moss. There are a total of 15 rocks, which ca'n not be seen all at once, no matter from which angle you look (apart from the sky).
Since I was alone, with not one single person at the garden, I sat down for about 30 minutes and enjoying the quiet surroundings, listening to music on my mp3 player. Be aware that silence must be maintained while visiting the Rock Garden.
But the temple offers more then just the Rock Garden. It also has a big pond, called the Kyoyochi Pond, and another garden/small forest where you can walk around.
The price for an entrance ticket is 500 yen (around 4,5 euros or around 6 US dollars). This temple isn't as crowded as the Kinkakuji Temple, but there can be a number of people present, so keep that in mind.
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