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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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Simplicity - aka Japanese

If you like Japanese culture you will love the beauty and tranquility of this garden. I don't know what other reviewers complaining about the price and lack of "entertainment... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
mehaul11
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San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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124 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

If you like Japanese culture you will love the beauty and tranquility of this garden. I don't know what other reviewers complaining about the price and lack of "entertainment" were expecting. A true delight.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

As the other reviewers have mentioned, visiting this temple requires advance reservation - that coupled with the steep 3,000 yen entrance fee means that the temple receives relatively fewer visitors. Copying for the sutras is also not an arduous task, and the "reward" for completing it is to visit the moss garden. It was a rainy and very wet day... More 

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This UNESCO world heritage place takes only a limited number of visitors and places have to be applied for in advance. The prayer session starts in the temple at 1pm so arrive at the front gate at least by 12.30. This allows time for removal of shoes and to be shown to your chair and desk in the temple. Those... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Nice tranquil place to visit but the highlight of the trip we were told was a visit to the moss garden - now dont get me wrong it was interesting but i didnt fly 13 hours just to see a moss garden - not when there is so much more to see in kyoto

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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

After the disappointment with Kenrokuen Garden the day before I was worried that my expectations for Kokedera would also be dashed. Not to worry! This was our best experience in our twelve days in Japan, mostly in the Kansai region. My sister-in-law had written for reservations, and we met her and my brother in Osaka for the trip to Kokedera.... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Having never been to a temple and witnessed a prayer session i found it extremely interesting, it was my girlfriends idea and she reserved the tickets, we turned up very early in the morning and walked around other shrines in the area before going into the temple. The actual prayer / sermon was a joy to listen to but i... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I understand that reservations are limited, but do what you can to make sure not to miss this one! Known as a "moss garden," it does have over 120 varieties, but the way it has been planted, designed & maintained is a treasure. We were told we "had to" attend a religious service beforehand, but we found it to be... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

This has to be the best moss forest temple in all of Kyoto !!! You need to make a reservation to come to this place and because of this, this temple is absolutely well preserved and very serene and peaceful. Devoid of crazy crowds in Kyoto during autumn peak seasons, you can really enjoy your time with the beautiful autumn... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is the preeminent moss garden I have even seen. It offers a peaceful stroll through moss and ponds without huge crowds. The colors reflecting through the trees make amazing pictures. NOTE...you don't just walk in. One needs to apply in advance to enter and write/trace Japanese characters as an offering.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 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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