Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple (龍安寺), meaning The Temple of the Dragon at Peace, is a World Heritage listed “dry landscape” garden and temple. It is considered to be one of, if not the best, examples of these in Japan.This garden style features large rock formations with pebbles raked in linear patterns to help in meditation.

Budget travel tips

  • Note that the temple is sometimes written as ‘Ryōan-ji’ in English.
  • There are a few little temples around the complex, that are free to enter.


How to get there

Take the No.59 bus to Ryoanji-mae.


Opening time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Mar – Nov), 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Dec – Feb)

Cost: Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

The temple is in central Kyoto, so have a look at our Kyoto accommodation guide!

More at Booking.com


Official site

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.