Ninnaji Temple is a Buddhist temple, that is the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect Buddhism, which was founded on the orders of Emperor Koko and completed in 888. Read more [...]
Ryoanji Temple features one of the most notable examples of the dry-landscape or zen style Japanese gardens. Ryoanji Temple is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing.
The Ryoanji Temple garden, which is the quintessential form of Zen art, and perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Japanese culture, features fifteen rocks arranged on a white gravel within a space of 248 square meters in the Karesansui Garden style, which depicts the beauty of nature such as ocean, river, islands or mountains using only gravel, rocks and moss, but not trees or ponds. Queen Elizabeth II (United Kingdom) visited the Ryoanji Temple and garden in 1975 and praised it a great deal.
Behind the temple, there is a stone washbasin called ‘Tsukubai’. It bears a simple but profound four-character inscription: “I learn only to be contented”.