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No matter from where visitors view Japan's most famous rock garden, at least one rock is always hidden from sight. That's one of the reasons that Ryoan-ji, a temple with an accompanying zen rock garden, attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Originally a residence for aristocrats, the site was converted to a Buddhist temple in 1450. The temple features traditional Japanese paintings on sliding doors, a refurbished zen kitchen, and tatami, or straw mat, floors.

The temple's main attraction has always been the rock garden, as much for its meditative qualities as a desire to find meaning in its minimalistic attributes. The garden is a rectangular plot of pebbles with 15 larger stones on moss swaths interspersed seemingly arbitrarily. Some have said the garden represents infinity; others see it in an endless sea. Ryoan-ji is nestled down a wooded path that crosses over a beautiful pond with several walking trails. The luscious setting is as attractive as the temple itself.

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Morgentur i Kyoto: keiserpalasset, Kinkaku-ji (den gylne paviljong) og Nijō-slottet

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Få med deg templer og palasser på denne halvdagsturen med guide. Turen passer utmerket for de som vil se hovedattraksjonene i Kyoto på kort tid. ...  Mer informasjon

  • Sted: Kyoto, Japan
  • Varighet: 4 timer 30 minutter
Fra USD 61,20