Ryoan-ji 「Rock Garden」

The Ryoan-ji rock garden is one of the most famous gardens in Kyoto.It was built in 1450 by Hosokawa katusmoto who was deputy to the Ashikaga shogun.

The ho-jo(方丈) was building in 1499.The area is rectangular and contains 15 small and large rocks lying there,but it’s impossible to see all the rocks from any angle.

In the north garden is tsukubai(washbasin) nestled amid pabbles and camellia bushes.「吾唯知足」 means “Learn only to be content,” a concept well in line with Zen ideals.

(※Nothin happens,but something happen in your mind.)

adress:13 Ryoanji, Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
open:Mar 1st – Nov 30th : 8:00a.m. -5:00 p.m.,
Dec 1st – The end of Feb :8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

「Golden Pavilion(金閣寺)」

One of the popular sightseeing spots for foreigner in Kyoto is 「Kinkaku-ji(Golden Pavilion)」.The zen temple is officially called Rokuon-ji. At first Kinkaku-ji was built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu,the third Ashikaga shogun, in 1397.

The three-story Golden Pavilion was built as a shariden(or stupa),a repository for the bones of the Buddha,and covered almost entirely in gold.It’s gold reflection in the kyokochi(mirror pond) is one of the best-known images of Japan.

In 1994, the tem­ple was reg­is­tered as a World Cul­tural Her­itage Site.

Our Japanese article is→「文学的な美しさ 金閣寺」

adress:1 Kinkakuji-chō, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Time: 9am〜17pm