A Stroll Through Ryoanji

Ryoan-ji

The Ryoanji rock garden made our list of the top five gardens in Japan. With it’s moss-covered boulders mixed with carefully raked pebbles it’s one of Japans best examples of immaculately maintained rock gardens.

Let’s take a took at what makes Ryoanji so unique.

History

The Ryoanji Rock Garden was thought to have been built in the late 1400s. The rock garden is made up of 15 boulders designed so that you can never see all 15 from any one viewing spot (unless you were flying over top of it).

There is plenty of talk about the beauty of the simple symmetry of the garden, but you’ll certainly agree as you sit on the wooden steps overlooking the garden that it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Like it, love it, or just become confused about what you’re looking at – the Ryoanji Rock Garden is one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture.

A Walk Through the Area

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock Garden

How to Get There


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Ryoanji Rock Garden - Directions

13 Goryonoshita-Machi, Ryoanji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto.

Ryoanji is located between Ninnaji and Kinkakuji Temples. By Train, you can access Ryoanji from Ryoanji-Michi Station. By Bus, take Bus 59 and get off at Ryoanji-Mae stop. It’s about a 7 minute walk from the bus stop to Ryoanji.

Photo’s by – Christopher Chan, Jaime P’rez, EugeniusD80, Jedi.RC, Gnurou, amk713, MickL, bonbongirl.

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