Ryotan-ji Temple

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  • Address: 1104 Furusawachō, Hikone-shi, Shiga-ken 522-0007, Japan

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  • Ryotan-ji Temple Address: 1104 Furusawachō, Hikone-shi, Shiga-ken 522-0007, Japan
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  • 50% of people who visit Hikone include Ryotan-ji Temple in their plan

  • 66.67% of people start their Ryotan-ji Temple visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Ryotan-ji Temple

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ryotan-ji Temple

People normally club together Lake Biwa and Chikubushima Island while planning their visit to Ryotan-ji Temple.

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Ryotan-ji Temple Reviews & Ratings

  • Ryotanji offers three gardens of excellent design. During history many novices trained here became "gardening priests" and established temple gardens on their own. According to a leaflet offered by the friendly resident priest, the rock garden (fudaraku) main island depicts Mt. Fudaraku, spiritual home if the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon. The pond and waterfall in the next garden symbolise tortoise and crane, wherein the "turtle" island is made from unhewn stone. This garden is actually not very deep but looks quite spacious due to the application of the "borrowed scenery" technique. The last garden comprises a tea house and has a kind of enchanted air. Also, do not forget to appreciate the many sliding door paintings ("fusuma") and other paintings and articles on display. The temple could benefit from a helping hand. If you are used to Kyoto's impeccable sterility you should be prepared for some surprise. However, the temple is not a museum but a living religious institution.

  • Very pleasantly surprised. Slightly dilapidated temple with three gardens: one dry, and two north and south on two sides of a big tatami room. Not only are the gardens quite high quality, the place was deserted when I visited (summer Sunday afternoon, plenty of people at the castle), could absorb the aesthetics at my leisure.

  • 石田光成と井伊直弼の由緒ある寺院、駐車場から風情のある参道を進む。寺の門をくぐり右の墓地から佐和山城へ登城できる。門の左の寺務所で拝観料をおさめ、本堂を右回りで拝観する。見所は①本堂前の枯山水、②本堂の襖絵、③書院の蓬莱庭園である。観光地の寺院はやたら注意書きだらけであるが、ここは最低限で落ち着いて庭園鑑賞が楽しめた。

  • 古いお寺です、飾らずとても落ち着いた雰囲気でゆっくり過ごせます。いつも一番奥の畳の間はお気に入りでしばらく何も考えないでボーっとしてしまいます。山門くぐってからの苔が沢山生えている庭も大好き

  • 6月16日に来たら、アジサイは咲き始め、躑躅は見頃でした。石庭、花木のしげる庭、池と高低差で表現されている庭、それぞれ趣が違い、いつまでも見てられるお庭です。障子画も素晴らしいです。また、違う季節に来たいと思いました。

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