something to be experienced. Amazing calmness and energy at this place. Take your time..
Ryoanji, for me, is the most mind-blowing amongst all Kyoto temples. Understated, pure but intelligent and timeless. The 15-rock garden created in 14th century revealing the upmost buddhist thought is still inspirational to many today. Doesn't take golds and silvers to show glory.
With elemental design and a sense of lonely serenity, this raked Zen rock garden is one of Japan's most famous. It was here that Beat poet Gary Snyder found inspiration, and perhaps you will, too. The garden is tiny, and the benches surrounding it are often full to capacity. So show up early or late in the day to have a meditative moment to yourself.
Ryoanji is most famous for their rock garden, which is said to be the most perfect in Japan. It's a good chance to see a garden of this type, but some may not appreciate it since it just looks like rocks sitting in sand. People will often sit for hours staring at the rocks while contemplating the universe that the represent, which is a cool site.
Roanji is another one of those famous places that make it into travel guides because of the zen rock garden here. People who visit Roanji like to sit on the platform just about the zen garden to stare, relax, and calm themselves (and it's equally quiet). Other than the main building, the rest of the grounds are also really well manicured and peaceful.
You've had the mini-version on your desk at work for years, now see the original rock garden temple. Although I was initially blown away by the thousands of people milling around (not quite as peaceful as I'd hoped), I did love being here and experiencing the beauty. If you can, come very early in the morning or off-season.