Hamamatsu’s Ryotanji Temple & Garden Tour

Open year-round.

  • Japanese Culture

On this tour you will visit the grounds of Ryotanji Temple, an ancient Zen temple in Hamamatsu first established in 733. The temple is considered the family temple of the powerful Ii clan, notable members of which include Naotora Ii, a famous female warlord, and Naosuke Ii, a feudal lord who contributed greatly to the reopening of Japan after 214 years of isolation.

Ryotanji is well-known for its artistic architecture and impressive grounds. Its main hall’s flooring is made in the uguisubari, or nightingale, method, a style designed to emit creaking noises (not unlike a nightingale’s song) when you walk on it. This flooring, along with the temple’s distinctive dragon sculpture, was created by Jingoro Hidari, an important artist of the seventeenth century. Other significant sights in Ryotanji include the Kanazawa Bunko, a collection of books believed to be some of the oldest in the world, and the Joroku-no Daibutsu, a giant golden Buddha statue.

The temple’s main attraction, however, is its classic Zen garden, a designated National Site of Scenic Beauty. Made in the chisen-kansho style, it is best viewed from the temple’s veranda. As part of the your experience, you will explore its many features, including a pond shaped like the chinese character for “heart.”

After the temple, you will visit nearby Iinoya-gu shrine. Built in 1872, it is dedicated to the deified spirit of Prince Munenaga, a poet and emperor’s son, and once head of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, who died defending the reign of his father.
• Nationally-licensed tour guide
• Transportation fee
• Hotel pick-up & drop-off
• Access into Ryotanji Temple
• Any food or shopping expenses


Date & TimeAny time
Required Time4 hours
Max. Number of Participants1 person or more
Prices16,500 yen/gorup + 5,500 yen/person
LocationRyotanji Temple & Iinoya-gu Shrine (Hamamatsu)
Foreign Language SupportInterpreter Available
Cancellation PolicyIf you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation rates and remittance charges will be charged.
(1) 3-14 days prior to the program date: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days before the program date: 50 % of the program fee
(3) 1 day before the program date: 100 % of the program fee

Additional Notes

◆ Please be aware that there is no wheelchair access into the temple.
◆ Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any religious/health restrictions, allergies, or if you would like to request any special care for participants (including children).
◆ Our services are mainly offered in English. Other languages ​​(including Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian) are also available. If you would like to request this tour in a language other than English, please inquire at as soon as possible.
◆ Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accidents caused by disregard of the instructions.
◆ Our business hours are from 9:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays. For inquiries received outside of business hours, we will look into them and respond on the next business day.

Note: The booking deadline for this program is 1:00pm 3 business days (Japan Standard Time) prior to the program.
When booking after this deadline, please email us at
Please note that any programs booked after the deadline without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.
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