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Ryoan - ji Temple

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This Zen temple was built in 1450 by Hosokawa Katsumoto, who had taken possession of a villa of Tokudaiji Temple. The karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden (designated as a special place of scenic beauty), which lies on the south side of the Hojo (quarters of the chief priest), is famous as "Tora-no-ko Watashi." The white sand rectangular garden, surrounded on three sides by an oil earthen wall, measures 25 meters east and west and more than 10 meters north and south. The garden comprises fifteen rocks in five groupings. The name of the artist who created the garden is unknown, though a number of theories exist as to his intent. The garden is famous an expression of symbolism, which reproduces nature.

Address :
13 Ryoanji, Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone :
Access :
Take city bus to Ryoanji Mae
Open :
Mar 1st - Nov 30th : 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dec 1st - The end of Feb : 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee :
Adults, High school sturdnts 500 yen Elementary, Junior high school students 300yen
Junior High School Students and under: 300 yen

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