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Address: 56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-391-3631

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Beautiful, hypnotic, special. Horrible entrance exam.

Really impressive. You need an invitation, but somebody got us one. Then when you arrive, you take a calligraphy test. Not kidding. You sit down with brush and ink and copy a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Oakland, CA
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Oakland, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really impressive. You need an invitation, but somebody got us one. Then when you arrive, you take a calligraphy test. Not kidding. You sit down with brush and ink and copy a massive page of characters. Took our Japanese friends 30 min. Would have taken me a lifetime. Fortunately, I'm sloppy. Worlds dumbest exercise. After 45 minutes of truly pointless... More 

Thank MTMusings
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You need an invitation to get in there. The number of people is limited. First there is a prayer where you get to make a wish on paper and offer it to the bouddha in residence. Interesting.Then you can walk in the garden with 120 species of mosses. Almost like another world. Bring an umbrella because it is raining most... More 

Thank Michel L
Faversham, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can't just show up at this temple and expect entry. You have ro write to them in advance and request an invitation. Writing from the UK, it took us 6 weeks to get a reply (I had almost given up), but the wait was worth it. Yes, it's not a large site and yes, it's fairly pricey (¥3000 each)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

2 Thank lookinforelvis
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 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 

Thank MBenzinger
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank moonhwany
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Maika P
Geneva, Switzerland
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Tripleredline
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 bubbles 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 

Thank NonieDubai
New York City, New York
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57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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