Ryōan-ji

  • Address: 13 Goryōnoshita-chō, Ryōan-ji, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture ( rough location)
  • Founder: Hosokawa Katsumoto
  • Founded: 1450

A temple of Rinzai Sect, Myōshinji School. One of the great feudal lords and one of the leaders of the Ōnin War (1467-1477), Hosokawa Katsumoto founded this temple celebrated for its Rock Garden (Sekitei). Don't forget to walk around the Kyōyōchi Pond.






A weeping cherry tree in full bloom (near the entrance)




The "Kyōyōchi" Pond




"Ryōanji-gaki", bamboo fence of Ryōanji style




"Sekitei", the Rock Garden - 1




"Sekitei", the Rock Garden - 2




"Sekitei", the Rock Garden - 3




"Sekitei", the Rock Garden - 4




The Rock Garden with a weeping cherry tree in full bloom - 1




The Rock Garden with a weeping cherry tree in full bloom - 2




The Rock Garden with a weeping cherry tree in full bloom - 3




A small back garden with beautiful moss




A decorative roof tile depicting an ogre




"Tsukubai", a small stone basin for ritual cleansing




"Wabisuke", which is said to be the oldest camellia in Japan




The "Abura-dobei", Oiled Mud Wall
(made of mud mixed with rapeseed oil) behind the Rock Garden




















In the Cherry Tree Garden - 1




In the Cherry Tree Garden - 2




In the Cherry Tree Garden - 3




In the Cherry Tree Garden - 4












Kyōyōchi with turtles bathing in the sun on a rock (in the foreground)




Heron




A wisteria in full bloom on the edge of Kyōyōchi




Kyōyōchi with Japanese irises




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