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Ryotanji Temple, Hikone

#3 of 34 in Historic Sites in Hikone
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • I visited this temple in month of April so it appeared to be blessed with nature. Everything was go green and the cherry blossom in early April made it look surreal. Probably one kilometer away from.....  more »
  • Ryotanji is beautiful indoors and out. The landscaping outside is soft and inviting, the displays inside are very neat and pretty-looking, and the gardens in particular are very nicely cultivated. I.....  more »
  • 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.
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