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Address: 56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
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The Saihoji Temple ( also known as the Kokedera Moss Temple) requests that if you want to visit,you need to send in a post card in order to get permission to enter.We notified our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Saihoji Temple ( also known as the Kokedera Moss Temple) requests that if you want to visit,you need to send in a post card in order to get permission to enter.We notified our hotel in Kyoto from the states to ask if they could help us get permission to enter since it could not be done online or through... More 

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1 Thank lookinforelvis
New York City, New York
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53 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Ok some people might think it's a bit of a hassle to make the reservation and get there BUT it is worth it. It weeds out the lazy, loud tourists which is good and preserves the temple. The property and temple is beautiful. I highly recommend it if you need a break from the city... And before the walking tour... More 

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Thank MBenzinger
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

Admission process is succeccful in terms of marketing. It stimulated the curiosity of visitors. However, moss gardern was not so impressive. Specially, someone have already been to Shukakuin and Gingakuin or Genrokeen in Kanajawa. English information was not enought. Shukakuin provides a free audio facility and admission is free.

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2 Thank moonhwany
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Yes. Lots of moss. Like 120 different types. Blanketing the earth, trees, in the water... Moss as far as the eye can see. So much moss. Such a beautiful, mossy place. The calligraphy and traditional Buddhist experience was really interesting. We had to book in advance and an obligatory donation of 3000 yen each person is then required. We got... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

First off you need to apply to be allowed to visit. If you're someone who enjoys trip planning - then it's one for you. If you have planned a private guide in advance they can organise this. If you do get permission to visit this place is a gem and there are no crowds. And the gardens - the main... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Stunning garden. One of my favorite gardens in Kyoto besides seeing cherry blossoms. Japanese take much pride in growing moss and consider it an accomplishment. You can only enter by being invited; if you have decided on a tour guide a few months in advance they can probably arrange that for you. A donation to the temple is paid at... More 

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Loved the temple. Contrary to Japan guide...you don't trace sutra in ink anymore...you can chant the sutra if you read hiragana...you do some writing that can be done in english to put your name, address and your hopes on a small wood item to deposit on exit....it's worth going through the effort to book and paying someone to assist..if not... More 

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San Diego, California
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144 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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1 Thank mehaul11
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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86 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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