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Our Kyoto highlight.

This was the most tranquil and welcoming place in Kyoto. It's a bit of a chore to get into but... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2015
Melbourne, Australia
Great Energy

First of all this place was spectacular.. Even though it is mot so close to the city center it is... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2015
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56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

This was the most tranquil and welcoming place in Kyoto. It's a bit of a chore to get into but worth every yen. You have to book at least seven days in advance,(all the guide books tell you what and how to do it) it...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

First of all this place was spectacular.. Even though it is mot so close to the city center it is worth going.. It is actually very easy to ge there by train.. When you get there the moss and all the green is breathtaking.. The...More

Thank Carolinamont
Reviewed 16 April 2015

10 years separared this visit from my last and unfortunatley it has become a major tourist attraction. Visitors are packed in and little time given to complete the task set. The service was over in 5 minutes and soon after we were told we had...More

1  Thank Ridgeway2602
Reviewed 8 April 2015

This was a great experience. Yes it is a bit of an effort applying and getting permission to visit from the monks. Yes it is the most expensive garden and temple in Kyoto to visit (3,000 Yen per person). But sitting on the floor with...More

Thank GayGourmand
Reviewed 4 April 2015

I love Japanese gardens and this one is nice but it is just not worth the effort involved or the money they charge you. First off, in order to go there you have to get a reservation in advance. If you do not have access...More

3  Thank stephen1500
Reviewed 16 January 2015

This place is not easy. It will not be a place that's easy to stop by on the way to someplace else, or a place to group with five other sites on one afternoon. Perhaps this is a place you visit on your second or...More

4  Thank TravelDrone
Reviewed 29 December 2014 via mobile

This was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting the Kyoto area. The Saihoji Zen Temple is a bit of a drive from Kyoto city center (30-45 min by taxi and costs 3000-4000¥ depending on traffic). Of course, you need permission in...More

3  Thank CatieGC
Reviewed 4 December 2014

The Saihoji Temple, commonly known as the Moss Temple, is situated south of and not very far from Arashiyama in the western outskirts of Kyoto. We went by a bus we could catch not far from Karasuma Hotel at Shijo-dori. Better ask at your hotel...More

1  Thank AnitaTS
Reviewed 16 November 2014

Having visited a number of very beautiful temple gardens in Kyoto I thought this was over-rated for the effort involved in gaining access and the cost - which is six times higher than most. There is in fact not much of the original historic fabric...More

2  Thank Sharawagi
Reviewed 28 October 2014

The grounds were very peaceful. A walk around the pond was great. If you have a problem with uneven surfaces or mobility issues then a walk around the pond/ garden is not recommended. For those able bodied, then the walk around is a must. There...More

Thank Dianne H
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Response from seoktingc | 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