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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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very different for me to see

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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 21, 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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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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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Canberra, Australia
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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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Sydney, Australia
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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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Address: 56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-391-3631
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto

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