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Saihoji Temple

56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8286, Japan
+81 75-391-3631
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Ranked #25 of 339 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens
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Rolling Hills Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The temple and its moss garden is slightly off the beaten path and far less impacted by tourists than many Kyoto 'sights'. It is necessary to make reservations for the visit and to 'pay' for the privilege with some form of meditative task before viewing the garden. This is well organized, efficient and certainly worth the effort.

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honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was a special place to visit. There are so many temples and shrines to see in kyoto. This one stands apart because the require you to participate in a short service chanting sutras and also doing some calligraphy,and writing your wishes on a stick with calligraphy pen. After you will visit the famous moss gardens which are beautiful. You... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Yes, it's the most difficult and expensive place in Kyoto to visit, but considering that you already spent quite a bit of energy and funds on a trip to Japan in the first place, don't miss out! The application is via a postcard 7 days or more in advance (in high season, a month or 2 is better). Try to... More

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Honolulu
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Yes, getting a reservation is somewhat difficult. We had a friend in Japan help, I'd bet that your hotel can assist you given enough notice. We were not required to trace anything. I kind of wish we had, it would have been a memorable experience. The best thing about this temple is that there is a limited number of people... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Loved the trip to this Moss Temple, including one hour long exercise of tracing characters. You have to make reservation to visit this temple. I asked my hotel to make this reservation for me, and they were very kind to make it. Keep in mind, although, that a visit to this temple could break your entire day. They gave us... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was able to visit many Shinto and Buddhist temples and shrines in Japan - but this was one of my favorites - since it was a real spiritual experience. Yes - you need to make a reservation - which makes sense since this is special place. Upon arrival - take your seat inside the temple to copy Sutra -... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

You need to make a reservation by post before the trip. It need to wait almost a week for the reply postcard. The temple is very distance from the city, need to take an hour by bus from Kyoto station. The entrance fee of temple is JP 3000, it's a litter bit expensive, but really worthy. After entering the temple,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

After making a reservation ahead of time thru my travel agent we received an invitation to this shrine. You have to be on time to get in. You are invited inside the temple where you sit on the floor at a writing table. (There are some chairs for people outside the open doors for a few people that can not... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Never having been to a garden consisting predominantly of moss, it was a very nice experience. It is beautiful and serene. You DO need to arrange to visit before you arrive, as is noted on virtually everything published related to this site. The concierge desk at our hotel (Nikko Princess) easily handled it for us in advance. I do agree... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

You cant get into this place without an invitation, and the only way to get this is to send them a stamped addressed envelope in advance, so dont bother trying to visit if you happen to be passing!

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