Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Ryoanji Temple (龍安寺, Ryōanji) is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450 and belongs to the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, whose head temple stands just a kilometre to the south.
13 Ryōanji Goryōnoshitachō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8001, Japan
Ryoanji can be reached directly from Kyoto Station by JR bus. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes, costs 230 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Kansai Area Pass, JR Kansai Wide Area Pass and a few other rails passes by JR West; however, it is not covered by the one-day pass for city buses. There are buses every 15-30 minutes. Alternatively, Ryoanji is a five-minute bus ride or 20-minute walk west of Kinkakuji.
8:00 to 17:00 (March to November) 8:30 to 16:30 (December to February)