Ryouan-Ji Temple(龍安寺)

①A mysterious stone garden whose author and age are unknown(Karesansui-Teien)

② Not only Karesansui-Teien.  “Hojo” ・”Wabisuketsubaki”・”Chisokuno Tsukubai” are attractive place.

③You can get “Goshi-in” and unique souvenir. There are very Ryouan-ji temple.

How to get to Ryouan-ji Temple

To get Ryouan-ji Temple by train from Kyoto station by train, you have to transfer. Access by train is a little inconvenient.

When going to Ryouan-ji Temple by train

Ryouan-ji Temple is located on the outskirts of the northen part of Kyoto City, and the nearest station is the Keifuku Line “Ryoan-ji Station”.

JR Kyoto Station(No.31〜33 platform) ➡ Uzumasa (Adult 200yen)

【Transfer】

Arashiyama Line

Satsueisho-mae(To Kitano-hakubaicyo) ➡ Ryouan-ji Satation (Adult 220yen)

※1: It’s about 3 minutes on foot Uzumasa station to Satsueisho-mae, not so far away.

※2:Please note that express trains and express trains do not stop at Uzumasa Station.

 

When going to Ryouan-ji Temple by bus

①Take the city bus No.50 from JR Kyoto station bus stop and get off Ritsumeikan-Daigaku mae bus stop.(in front of Ritsumeikan University bus stop. ) From there it takes 10 minutes on foot to Ryouan-ji Temple. The journey takes about one hour.

Kyoto station (B2 bus stop)➡Ritsumeikan-Daigaku-mae bus stop

Adult 230yen. It takes about 45min.

You can take the city bus from Ritsumeikan-Daigaku-mae bus stop(in front of Ritsumeikan University bus stop) and head for Ryouan-ji Temple.

Kyoto station bus stop(B2)➡Ritsumeikan-Daigaku-mae bus stop➡Ryouan-ji Temple

Total fare:460yen / It takes about 50 minutes

 

②In the case of the JR bus, you can go directly to the bus stop near Ryouan-ji Temple . In just case of JR bus, you can not use a regular one-day ticket where city bus or Kyoto bus can be used.

Kyoto station(JR3)➡Ryouan-ji-temple bus stop

Adult 230yen  about 30min

Things of the glamour of Ryouan-ji Temple

A mysterious stone garden whose author and age are unknown(Karesansui-Teien)

Thw Ryoan-ji stone garden is famous for it is utter beauty and ultimate Zen spirit.

There are many landmarks in Kyoto, but it is famous and popular Ryoan-ji Temple is top class. Many worshipers are visiting from abroad. In 1450, this temple was built by Muromachi Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. Disappeared at onece due to remoese but it has been rebuilt.

The very famous Houjyoteian (Stone garden) was admired by Queen Elizabeth of England in 1975. The Stone garden spread worldwide with the Zen boom of that time. As it is a stone garden with historical value, it is registered as a world cultural heritage, including important cultural properties of the country.

Speaking of the stone garden of Ryouan-ji Temple, it is a garden of Karesansui-garden that represents Japan. 15large and small stones are arranged in the whit sand laid on the site of 248㎡. At first glance, it seems that stone are lined up casually, but in fact, it is surrounded by many mysteries including the intention of its gardening. As for author, there are various theories such as Gitengensho, Hosokawa Karsumoto, his child Masamoto, and Kanamori Souwa. In any case, it has not come out of speculation and remains a mystery until today.

The stone garden of Ryouan-ji Temple is also famouse for being place in such a way that one can hide the stone no matter where it is viewed. Why arrange it so that one can not be seen. The number “15” seems to indicate perfection in the Orient, and one stone is always made to be hidden and invisible. In othere words, the message “incomplete” is included of you can only see “14”. The message is “I’m looking at myself I’m going to look at what’s missing have a heart to thank myself now.”

 Not only Karesansui-Teien.  “Hojo”・”Wabisuketsubaki”・”Chisokuno Tsukubai” are attractive place.

A lot of people who visit Hojyo at Ryouan-ji Temple sit on the edge and look at the stone garden, but this room was actually built to at the garden in a stand-up. I mentioned earlier that one of the 15 stones in the stone garden is always hidden from view, but when you look at it from the room of Hojyo, you can see all the stones. Try to find a point where all 15 stones are visible, only one point is incomplete.

 

Japan’s oldest “Wabisuke-Tsubaki(camellia)” with a strong acclaim for Sennorikyu is in Ryouan-ji Temple. It is said that because the person “Wabisuke” brought back from abroad during the Momoyama period, it was nemed “Wabisuke Tsubaki(camellia)”. The begining of February to the end of March is good season to see.

You can get “Goshi-in” and unique souvenir. These are very Ryouan-ji temple.

YOu can get a seal like a general shrine or temple in the grounds of Ryouan-ji Temple. However, in order to get a seal at Ryouan-ji Temple, you need to pay the admission fee to visit the temple grounds. There is only one type of seal.

The center has a large “stone garden” inked and three seals in the center.

【The middle three seal letters】

1:The four-letter mark of “I learn only to be contented” in Tsukubai.

2:The mark of “Daisetsu” which is the mountain number of Ryouan-ji Temple.

3: It is mark of Ryouan-ji Temple.

One of the highlights of Ryouan-ji Temple is “Tsukubai(Hand-bowl)” That Mito Mitsukuni famouse for Mito Komon donated.Tsukubai is a hand -bowl in the garden near the veranda. “Tsukubai” is used to wash your hands before entering the tea room. At that time, it is said that the name came from the fact that it becomes a posture that is simmering.

Because it uses the mark of the character “Tsukubai”, it can be said that it is an original seal of worship unique to Ryouan-ji Temple.

The price of the seal is 300 yen.You need to be in Houjo to get a seal. As the observation fee of 500yen is required, at least 800yen will be required to obtain a seal.

The precincts of Ryouan-ji Temple are vast, but the place where you can receive a seal is located in the back of the yard, about 5minute walk from entering the precinct.

It is important to note that the opening hours of the place where you can receive the official seal of Ryouan-ji is slightly different from the hours available for viewing. Reception time is 9:00am to 4:00pm(It may close early due to circumstances.)

Ryouan-ji is not so crowed on weekends, but it may be crowded on weekdays. Because, many “school trip students” and “Foreign group customers” visit on weekday.  The hall will be crowed a little when it become a match with these groups. Consecutive holiday such as GW(Golden week holiday in Japan) are very congested, so waiting time is required to get a seal.

Stone garden counter also sell souvenirs designed by Ryouan-ji Temple garden and Tsukubai.

Recommended Restaurant!

・Seigen-in(西源院)

A boiled tofu restaurant located in Ryouan-ji Temple. Kyoto’s tofu dishes are all expensive in set and course, but this restaurant has great boiled tofu and cheaper than other restaurant which has boiled tofu course. The location of the restaurant will appear at the end of the entire tour of Ryouan-ji Temple. It is a place as if it were calculated. You can eat Kyoto’s famous boiled tofu while watching the wonderful garden seen from inside the restaurant. You can spend time to calm down and wash your mind.

Credit cards are not acceptable, please be careful.

OPEN: 10:00am〜17:00pm(無休)

Ryouan-ji Temple Entrance fee

Entrance fee

Adult :  500yen    

Children (elementary and junior high school students):  300yen

Entrance time

・Summer (March〜 November)/ 8:00am 〜 5:00pm

・Winter (December 〜 February )/ 8:30am 〜 4:30pm

Map

Conclusion

There are various flowers in Ryoan-ji Temple that color the seasons, but the time of autumn leaves is particularly beautiful and is crowed with many people. If you are thinking about sightseeing in Kyoto during the fall season, try visiting Ryoan-ji Temple!!

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