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Saihoji Temple

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Address: 56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-391-3631

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Our Kyoto highlight.

This was the most tranquil and welcoming place in Kyoto. It's a bit of a chore to get into but worth every yen. You have to book at least seven days in advance,(all the guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This was the most tranquil and welcoming place in Kyoto. It's a bit of a chore to get into but worth every yen. You have to book at least seven days in advance,(all the guide books tell you what and how to do it) it costs Y3000 but this moss garden and the monks make this place special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

First of all this place was spectacular.. Even though it is mot so close to the city center it is worth going.. It is actually very easy to ge there by train.. When you get there the moss and all the green is breathtaking.. The energy is very peaceful, we did a meditation here and the tranquility we felt is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

10 years separared this visit from my last and unfortunatley it has become a major tourist attraction. Visitors are packed in and little time given to complete the task set. The service was over in 5 minutes and soon after we were told we had to leave. While the moss garden itself is beautiful, there's enough of it found in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a great experience. Yes it is a bit of an effort applying and getting permission to visit from the monks. Yes it is the most expensive garden and temple in Kyoto to visit (3,000 Yen per person). But sitting on the floor with my calligraphy brush, ink and rice paper copying out a Buddhist scripture whilst monks chant... More 

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Wailuku, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I love Japanese gardens and this one is nice but it is just not worth the effort involved or the money they charge you. First off, in order to go there you have to get a reservation in advance. If you do not have access to a Japanese mail service, this is quite difficult. We were able to do it... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This place is not easy. It will not be a place that's easy to stop by on the way to someplace else, or a place to group with five other sites on one afternoon. Perhaps this is a place you visit on your second or third or fourth trip to Kyoto. Or you may love the idea of getting away... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had to book the visit well in advance (by mail w/return postcard), paid a hefty entrance fee, spend extra time copying/writing a full page of Buddhist script ( "Heart Sutra" ) in characters, and then by that time we were allowed to wonder in the backyard garden of the temple ground. We were greeted by a vast lush green... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting the Kyoto area. The Saihoji Zen Temple is a bit of a drive from Kyoto city center (30-45 min by taxi and costs 3000-4000¥ depending on traffic). Of course, you need permission in writing to visit the temple in advance. The concierge at the hotel where we had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Saihoji Temple, commonly known as the Moss Temple, is situated south of and not very far from Arashiyama in the western outskirts of Kyoto. We went by a bus we could catch not far from Karasuma Hotel at Shijo-dori. Better ask at your hotel or tourist information. Before you are allowed to enter their most beautiful Moss garden you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Having visited a number of very beautiful temple gardens in Kyoto I thought this was over-rated for the effort involved in gaining access and the cost - which is six times higher than most. There is in fact not much of the original historic fabric of the place remaining. That said, of course it is beautiful and interesting - if... More 

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