Ryoan-ji Temple 【World Heritage】

Famous rock garden of the dry landscape

Famous rock garden of the dry landscape

This Zen temple, opened when Hosokawa Katsumoto reconstructed the old villa of Tokudaiji family in 1450. Noted for the rectangular white-sand Karesansui-style garden, stretching from east to west, in which 15 pieces of rocks of various sizes are laid out. However, one or two of the 15 rocks are always covered and unable to be seen. This is said to represent the teaching of Zen-the interpretation of this theme relating to the garden may vary depending on the viewer’s thoughts and emotions.

Information

Address
13 Ryoanji Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-City, Kyoto 616-8001
Access
Take the City Bus from JR Kyoto Station and walk 7-minute after getting off at Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae bus stop.
Phone
075-463-2216
Hours
8:00-17:00 (December-February 8:30-16:30)
Holidays
None
Admission
Adults and high school students 500 yen
Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen
Website
http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/