In order to protect the garden, years ago they began limiting the number of visitors. You must write to the garden to request permission and a reservation to enter the garden. There is a concierge service in Japan that we contacted, and for a nominal fee, they took care of requesting permission for us to attend. We provided our Kyoto hotel's address as our return address, and the hotel graciously kept our post card on hand until our arrival. You can reach the concierge service at firstname.lastname@example.org
The fee to enter the garden is 3000 yen per person. The garden is lovely to see. You'll get the chance to attend a prayer service, and then you'll be asked to write your wish and name on a wooden prayer stick. Then you'll have an opportunity to stroll the garden. It's a delightful experience and feels a bit off the beaten path. It's definitely worth it for the effort involved in getting there.
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