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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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Gorgeous, Off the Beaten Path

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
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South Pasadena, California
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South Pasadena, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
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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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Kyoto
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The grounds were very peaceful. A walk around the pond was great. If you have a problem with uneven surfaces or mobility issues then a walk around the pond/ garden is not recommended. For those able bodied, then the walk around is a must. There are transition, stone steps on one side of the walk.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

As access is limited (you must apply by postcard in advance and receive an invitation) it has the huge advantage of very few tourists. The moss garden and water garden are not huge, but very beautiful. If you are lucky with the light and choose the afternoon session, you will get some incredible pictures. The bamboos are also spectacular. Highly... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

You need to make a reservation to visit this temple, and shakyo (hand copying of sutras) is the duty for all visitors. Also need to pay 3000 JPY per 1 person. Once we finish it, we can walk around the garden. This garden is pretty huge, and everything is covered by moss, therefore, it is called "moss temple". It takes... More 

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Sydney
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278 reviews 278 reviews
126 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Over the past 40 years I have been to Saihoji many times, one of my first early morning places to visit in Kyoto. I would make sure to arrive early to catch the morning light on the moss and to appreciate the quiet stillness of the garden save for the odd gardener sweeping the moss clean of leaves and tree... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Though you will see so many different temples in Kyoto, this one is very unique and memorable. Totally worth the price, arrangements to visit it and getting there by bus. I booked myself by sending them a letter few months before my visit with few possible dates to visit and in advance pre-paid envelope back to my address. In few... More 

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