Ryoanji Temple

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Kyoto Ryoanji Temple | Zen Temple with Impressive Rock Garden

Ryoanji is a Zen temple located in Kyoto founded by warlord Hosokawa Katsumoto in 1450. Today Ryoanji Temple is best known for its rock garden. The rock garden, also referred to as the zen garden, is a 248 square meter garden with fifteen rocks placed in a specific matter. These larger rocks are surrounded by white gravel, which the temple's monks rake each day. The rock garden of Ryoanji is quite mysterious. The meaning of the garden, the origin of the garden's creation, and the founder are all unknown. Though there have been speculations regarding the founder, no concrete evidence has been found.

You can visit the mysterious but beautiful rock garden during your stop in Kyoto on one of our Cherry Blossom tours.

Kyoto Ryoanji Temple | Zen Temple with Impressive Rock Garden

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