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 tranquil and special. You need to write the sutras. A tip is to bring your own medium ink marker with you, as the Japanese calligraphy pen and ink and quite difficult to use if you are not used to it.
Let the majority go through the garden first and hang back so you can have it peacefully to yourself. It seems they only make the reservations for 1pm, so you will need to manage your day accordingly
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