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Kyoto, 20 Oct.

Ryoan-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple ©JNTO

Ryoan-ji Temple was built in 1450 and is most famous for its rock garden; fifteen stones carefully placed on a bed of raked white gravel. A viewing platform allows visitors to take in the scene, although from whatever angle you view the garden, you can never see all fifteen stones at once. No one knows when or who designed the garden, or what it signifies, and this mystery just adds to the garden’s allure.

After sitting in quiet contemplation, visitors can explore the temple’s extensive grounds which include larger gardens home to beautiful trees and moss, and the Kyoyo-chi Pond which looks particularly splendid in autumn.

Kyoto City Official Travel Guide

Tokyo (Narita) to Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto

    1. Narita Airport

      8 h 50 min

      From 7,300 yen

    2. Kyoto Station

      40 min

      300 yen

    3. Ritsumeikandaigaku-mae Bus Stop

      • Walk

      8 min

    4. Ryoan-ji Temple

      13 Ryoanji-Goryo-no-Sita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

      500

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 40 min

      From 5,700 yen

    2. Kansai International Airport

      1 h 20 min

      2,850 yen

    3. Kyoto Station

      40 min

      300 yen

    4. Ritsumeikandaigaku-mae Bus Stop

      • Walk

      8 min

    5. Ryoan-ji Temple

      13 Ryoanji-Goryo-no-Sita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

      500

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 40 min

      From 5,700 yen

    2. Kansai International Airport

      1 h 40 min

      2,550 yen

    3. Kyoto Station

      40 min

      300 yen

    4. Ritsumeikandaigaku-mae Bus Stop

      • Walk

      8 min

    5. Ryoan-ji Temple

      13 Ryoanji-Goryo-no-Sita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

      500

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 25 min

      From 8,569 yen

    2. Osaka International Airport (Itami)

      55 min

      1,310 yen

    3. Kyoto Station

      40 min

      300 yen

    4. Ritsumeikandaigaku-mae Bus Stop

      • Walk

      8 min

    5. Ryoan-ji Temple

      13 Ryoanji-Goryo-no-Sita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

      500

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 25 min

      From 8,569 yen

    2. Osaka International Airport (Itami)

      12 min

      330 yen

    3. Senri-Chuo Station

      13 min

      320 yen

    4. Shin-Osaka Station

      25 min

      560 yen

    5. Kyoto Station

      40 min

      300 yen

    6. Ritsumeikandaigaku-mae Bus Stop

      • Walk

      8 min

    7. Ryoan-ji Temple

      13 Ryoanji-Goryo-no-Sita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

      500

All listed travel times and costs are approximate.