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Ryoan-ji Temple 【World Heritage】

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Famous rock garden of the dry landscape

This Zen temple, opened when Hosokawa Katsumoto reconstructed the old villa of Tokudaiji family in 1450. Noted for the rectangular white-sand Karesansui-style garden, stretching from east to west, in which 15 pieces of rocks of various sizes are laid out. However, one or two of the 15 rocks are always covered and unable to be seen. This is said to represent the teaching of Zen-the interpretation of this theme relating to the garden may vary depending on the viewer's thoughts and emotions. 

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Address13 Ryoanji Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001
AccessCity bus from JR Kyoto Station and 7-minute walk after getting off at Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae bus stop.
Hours8:00〜17:00 (December-February 8:30〜16:30)
Regular holidayNone      
Contact075-463-2216
Fee500 yen for adults and high school students, 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students
URL1http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/

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