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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

Usage Guide


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  4. Tourist Facilities of Japan
  5. Gardens
  6. Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple Garden

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Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple GardenKyoto

Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple Garden is one of Kyotos most famous locations. A fence surrounds three sides of an oblong garden of about 1,000 square meters, with white sand spread over the ground. The surface of the sand is raked into a ripple pattern, with 15 stones in groups of seven, five and three positioned with exquisite balance. Although limited in space, it gives visitors a sense of infinite expanse. The fifteen rocks are arranged so there is always one rock that cannot be seen regardless of the angle.'
Address & Access
Address: 13 Ryoan-ji Goryonoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 500 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/50-min. ride/Ritsumeikan Univ. mae Stop/8-min. walk

Tourist Facilities of Japan

Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple Garden