#6 Ryoanji temple 龍安寺
Ryoanji has the most famous Zen rock garden in the world. Huge fire burnt it many times and we have scarce knowledge about it.
The Zen rock garden
Typical Zen rock garden has noplants. The garden of Ryoanji is constructed in that way: it has only pebble stones, mossed-islands and rocks. Maple trees are planted behind the wall. It always is crowded with many people because it is the most famous garden in Japan.
Hojo teien garden
Hoji is a main hall in Zen temple. It has four gardens usually. The zen rock garden is one of them. The photo above is one of four gardens.
Ryoanji used be famous for this Kyoyochi pond. We can enjoy the autumn foliage there.
About Ryoanji temple
Name Daiunzan Ryoanji 大雲山龍安寺
Adress 13 Goryono shita cho, Ukyo ward, Kyoto city
Phone No. 075-463-2216
Fax No. 075-463-2218
Website Ryoanji official
Adult 500 yen
Under 15 years old 300 yen
Time required 1hour～
How to get to Ryoanji temple?
Kyoto City bus no.59: Ryaonji mae bus stop.
#7 Toji temple 東寺
Toji is one of two temples offically built in Heian kyo city. It was given to Kukai in the 9th century and became the most important temple of Vajrayana Buddhism.
In daytime, we can admire the beautiful red maple tress arount the pagoda.
It is the illumination that the most amazing thing in Autumn leaves of Toji. Mizukagami, the reflection of the surface of Hyoton-ike pond, is beyond description.
At night, red leaves go with the gold-illuminated pagoda.
About Toji temple
Name Kyooh Gokokuji 教王護国寺
De facto name Toji 東寺
Adress 1 Kujo cho, Mimami ward, Kyoto city 〒601-8473
Phone No. 075-691-3325
Fax No. 075-662-0250
Website Toji official
Date: From October 27th to November 9th
Opening hours: 18:00~21:30 (Be there by 21:00)
Entrance fee: Adult 1,000 yen Under Junior high school student 500 yen
We can enter Kodo building.
In the daytime, the pagoda is open to public.
Time required 1h~
How to get to Toji temple?
About 15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station: Red train annotation
Kyoto City bus
No. 205 Toji michi bus stop: Blue bus annotations.
No. 207 Toji Higashi mon mae bus stop: Red bus annotations.