Japan’s most famous “Zen” garden consists of 15 carefully placed rocks that float mesmerizingly on sea of gravel – an example of carefully calculated randomness.
Even after centuries in existence no one has cracked the riddle of these seemingly random rock clusters that seem to float on the sea of gravel at the famous karesansui (dry gravel garden) Ryoan-ji Te. Like nearby Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji is best visited as soon as it opens or just before it closes.
13 Goryonoshitamachi, Ryoan-ji, Ukyo-ku
Junior high and elementary school students: \300
Non-smoking area: Yes
In front of Ryoan-ji-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 59 from Sanjo Keihan
Official Website (English)
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