Ryoan-ji was our last ‘hurrah’ in the very beautiful city of Kyoto. I added it to mine and R’s list of places to go to after seeing gorgeous pictures of its gardens. Apparently, its rock garden or zen garden is the most famous of its kind in Japan.
I tried to look up what Zen is, exactly, but for now let’s leave it at having something to do with Buddhism.
The pond which we caught a glimpse of when we first entered the temple area.
Hello, Autumn. *__*
Visitors are required to take off their shoes before entering.
And here’s the viewing area for the garden. There were a lot of people, but everyone was relatively quiet as they sat or walked around.
The garden is apparently full of mystery. The position of the rocks has no concrete meaning; the interpretation is left to those who see them. I’d like to know how the lines and swirls around the rocks are maintained, though.
There is still a lot to see of the temple grounds after the rock garden. I found our leisurely walk on our way out more peaceful than being surrounded by all the people who viewed the garden the same time we did.
To get to Ryoan-ji, ride Kyoto City bus numbers 12, or 59 and get off at the Ryoan-ji Mae bus stop. It is just two bus stops away from Kinkaku-ji. Entrance fee is 500 yen.
Official website: http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/index.html
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