Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Calm and Peaceful Dragon) is a Zen temple located in Kyoto which was built by Hosokawa Katsumoto, a minister of Ashikaga Shogunate in 1450.
It is part of the ancient Kyoto Historical Monument complex, which was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The temple was created by the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect, belonging to Zen Buddhism.
Karesansui (Dry landscape garden)
Inside this temple there is one of the most famous karesansui (dry landscape garden) in the world, built at the end of the 15th century, around 1488. The creator of this garden did not leave any explanation about its meaning, so for centuries it has been a mystery to discover the true meaning or why of its great beauty.
It is a rectangular garden built in front of the main building. The composition uses raked sand, moss, and rocks. There is a predominance of elongated shapes placed parallel to the position of the building.
The three remaining sides are closed by walls which allow the view of the garden to be limited in a longitudinal frame.
From Ryoanji-Mae or Ritsumeikan-Daigaku-Mae bus stop
Adult 500 yen, Elementary and Junior high school student 300 yen
March to November: from 8:00 to 17:00
December to February: from 8:30 to 16:30