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Address: 56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
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The highlight of our Kyoto visit!

It takes preparation to get into this temple (also known as Kokedera), you need to apply well in advance to get an entry permit that is for a specified time and date (see Lonely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Klaus B
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Wuppertal, Germany
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Wuppertal, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It takes preparation to get into this temple (also known as Kokedera), you need to apply well in advance to get an entry permit that is for a specified time and date (see Lonely Planet Kyoto or internet sites like Inside Kyoto for details). This is a tedious procedure but it ensures that the temple garden is not crowded. Once... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

It took planing and paperwork 6months in advance to apply and get our entrance tickets. It is worth every effort to get there. Copying out the heart sutra while the monks chant is very moving. The moss gardens are so green and timeless. A form of walking meditation to explore them. Because of the limited numbers there are no crowds... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 pass on the good fortune to you. We had not heard of this as a... More 

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Oakland, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 me a lifetime. Fortunately, I'm sloppy. Worlds dumbest exercise. After 45 minutes of truly pointless... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 species of mosses. Almost like another world. Bring an umbrella because it is raining most... More 

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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 worth it. Yes, it's not a large site and yes, it's fairly pricey (¥3000 each)... More 

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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 help us get permission to enter since it could not be done online or through... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 recommend it if you need a break from the city... And before the walking tour... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 and admission is free.

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2 Thank moonhwany
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 advance and an obligatory donation of 3000 yen each person is then required. We got... More 

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