Ryoan-ji Temple

13, Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho Kyoto

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The origins of the rock garden here are a complete mystery.

The mysterious rock garden at Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple in Kyoto

You’re probably familiar with Ryoanji even if you’ve never heard its name — its 15 rocks in a “sea” of raked gravel are the definition of minimalism. The origins and meaning of the stone arrangement remain unclear, which perhaps makes the garden’s message all the more universal.

Once you've taken in this mysterious sight, explore the temple's other gardens and make sure to stop for a moment at Kyoyo-chi pond.

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13, Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho 616-8001 Kyoto Japan


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