The temple grounds were overrun with tourists in 1977, so the monks established an elaborate system of reserving a space for a 10:00 a.m or 1:00 p.m. visit. You write a request to the monastery with all your particulars and then they send a postcard to an address IN JAPAN…
While this temple is serene and beautiful it is just not worth the admission price considering how many other more beautiful places there are in Kyoto. Also, getting here is a challenge and just the combination of that and the price (about $30 US dollars) I would recommend you…
A worthwhile place to visit if you like to see an ancient moss garden. The visit to the moss garden is preceded by a prayer led by Buddhist monks. Peaceful and serene environment.
What an enchanting place. You start by sitting and copying a sutra in kanji (as best you can- no grades), adding your name and your wish, then leaving it in front of the altar. Then you are free to walk around the garden- really covered in moss, with beautiful walks around a…
A relative living in Japan organize the admission for us. Far less people than in other temple. Nice meditative walk after the ceremony and calligraphy exercise. The moss looked a bit dry (in June)