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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 #29 of 389 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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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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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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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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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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Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Getting there, we took the 73 bus from Kyoto station (230 yen); it left the station around 11:45 and we arrived at the Kokedera bus stop at 12:55 with five minutes to spare before our 1:00 visit. So if you are taking the bus from Kyoto, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make the trip.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I very much enjoyed my visit here, and comments below from previous visitors were very helpful. This is my opportunity to add more. First, if you are a decent walker, it’s easy to get here by public transportation. Take the Hankyu line to the Kamikatsura station. If you get the 12:30 train from Katsura to Kamikatsura, you arrive at 12:32,... More

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

On of my best experiences in Kyoto. Due to efforts in trying to preserve the moss, the entrance fee to the garden is the most expensive in Kyoto at 3000 Yen, and you need to do a reservation process before, which I did through http://www.saihoji-kokedera-reservation.com, with no issues. There were more people than I expected however it was still very... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Also called Kokodera, you HAVE to take part in a religious ceremony copying calligraphy in order to be allowed entrance, but it's to offer your own prayer toward the betterment of the world, family, people, etc, and then after the ceremony, you get to wander the most beautiful moss garden imaginable. Eerie, ethereal and lovely and plush. I couldn't resist.... More

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