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Ryoan-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Ryoan-ji Temple


Ryoan-ji Temple belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen and was founded by Hosokawa Katsumoto in 1450. The temple used to be a villa of the Tokudaiji clan until it was given to Katsumoto for using as a Zen training temple. The temple was burnt down twice by fire, and the current Hondo main hall was transferred from Seigen-in, a sub-temple of Ryoan-ji built in 1606.
Ryoan-ji Temple is famous for its garden arranged in the Karesansui (dry landscape) style, better known as a "stone garden". Enclosed by an earthen wall, the garden consists of 15 rocks laid out in a rectangular plot of white sand. An interesting feature of the garden's design is that from any vantage point at least one of the rocks is always hidden from the viewer. The garden is a symbolic reproduction of the world of nature using only rocks and sand. With the ultimate beauty in its simplest form, removing everything that is unnecessary, you are able to actually experience the thoughts of Zen Buddhism, facing the garden and rejecting any superfluous explanations.
Ryoan-ji Temple was registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:00 - 17:00 (March - November)
  • 8:30 - 16:30 (December - February)


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 500 yen (General, Adult)
  • 300 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 8 minutes walk from Ryoan-ji Station on the Keifuku Kitano Line (B7)
  • 35 minutes from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line by the #59 bus. Get off at Ryoan-ji Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 13, Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8001


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