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Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple (龍安寺, Ryoanji) is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450 and belongs to the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, whose head temple stands just a kilometer to the south. As for the history of Ryoanji's famous rock garden, the facts are less certain. The garden's date of construction is unknown and there are a number of speculations regarding its designer. The garden consists of a rectangular plot of pebbles surrounded by low earthen walls, with 15 rocks laid out in small groups on patches of moss. 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.



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    7 reviews

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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

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    7 reviews

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Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Sun. Apr 6, 2025 US $8598.00

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    8 reviews

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Wed. May 28, 2025 Tue. Jun 10, 2025 US $8598.00

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Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension arrow readmore icon

Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt. Fuji / Tokyo

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Wed. May 28, 2025 Fri. Jun 13, 2025 US $9998.00

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