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Saihoji Temple

56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-391-3631
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Beautiful moss

Ok some people might think it's a bit of a hassle to make the reservation and get there BUT it is... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2016
MBenzinger
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New York City, New York
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Too Expansive

Admission process is succeccful in terms of marketing. It stimulated the curiosity of visitors... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
moonhwany
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56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-391-3631
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"moss garden"
in 27 reviews
"an invitation"
in 6 reviews
"monks chant"
in 3 reviews
"heart sutra"
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"effort involved"
in 2 reviews
"prayer service"
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"hotel mume"
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"post card"
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"minute bus ride"
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"yen per person"
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"well worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"admission fee"
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"main hall"
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"copying"
in 15 reviews
"ink"
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"permission"
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Thank NonieDubai
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Reviewed 21 March 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...More

2  Thank K J
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Reviewed 19 December 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.

1  Thank mehaul11
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Reviewed 30 November 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...More

Thank Purplefrog40
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Reviewed 19 November 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...More

2  Thank Patricia G
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

Nice tranquil place to visit but the highlight of the trip we were told was a visit to the moss garden - now dont get me wrong it was interesting but i didnt fly 13 hours just to see a moss garden - not when...More

1  Thank swift314
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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
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josyc
21 September 2016|
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Response from MBenzinger | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any children there. I only saw adults... but you can try.
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jean4908
13 April 2016|
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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
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