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Double your pleasure with Bamboo Forest

This a special meditative place to visit with an opportunity to copy a Sutra, which is a meditative... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
New York
Beautiful, hypnotic, special. Horrible entrance exam.

Really impressive. You need an invitation, but somebody got us one. Then when you arrive, you... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Oakland, CA
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56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-391-3631
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

This a special meditative place to visit with an opportunity to copy a Sutra, which is a meditative practice in and of itself even if you dont understand it (one which so appealed that we repeated in Koyasan). We were fortunate, and I'd like to...More

2  Thank ThrutheSky
Reviewed 23 October 2016 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...More

2  Thank MTMusings
Reviewed 12 October 2016 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...More

1  Thank Michel L
Reviewed 30 September 2016 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...More

Reviewed 23 September 2016

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...More

2  Thank lookinforelvis
Reviewed 21 August 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...More

1  Thank MBenzinger
Reviewed 5 August 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...More

2  Thank moonhwany
Reviewed 3 July 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...More

1  Thank Maika P
Reviewed 28 May 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...More

Thank Tripleredline
Reviewed 26 March 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...More

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Camila O
17 August 2017|
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Response from Seok Ting C | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The best way to secure an invitation is through your hotel concierge. Give them the day you would like to visit & they will do the request on your behalf. The temple will send the invitation postcard to the hotel. Upon... More
21 September 2016|
Response from MBenzinger | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any children there. I only saw adults... but you can try.
13 April 2016|
Response from Susanne E |
You need to book in advance via an written application. I have only tried to do if from within Japan, but if you google "Saihoji Moss garden Reservation help" which offers help to do it from abroad. Hope this helps. It may... More