Visit Saihō-ji (Moss Temple), a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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The tour usually starts from Kyoto St.

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Advance booking of 2 weeks to a month is required.
Visitor are given access to the grounds for 90 minutes.
Before being permitted access to the garden, visitors must engage in an activity, which varies from day to day. These include zazen (sitting meditation), hand copying sutras (shakyō), and chanting sutras. One is then asked to write down one's wish, name, and address. The monks keep all the sutras in the pagoda and continue to pray for all.

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Reviews (3)

  • Patricia Patricia

    beautiful place

    very nice garden, the chanting and the writing of the wish prior to entering the garden was also very special. Our guide, Junko, was also very nice, she even prepared English translations of what we were saying, so we could follow along. The experience was very nice and although the entry fee to the garden was highest amongst other gardens in Japan it was not ridiculous and considering the limitations on amount of people and upkeep for the garden and that you also get your own special meditation session, I thought it was worth it. Good experience as part of our Japan trip!

  • Jack Jack


    Steve was an absolute pleasure to visit with and went out of his way to help me. He paid for the taxi, took me out for lunch after the temple and showed me around the basement of a department store at all the ornate foods and gifts. He then helped with my travel arrangements to Ohara which is a little out of the way.

    The gardens themselves are very unique and well worth a visit.

  • Elisabeth Elisabeth

    Good experience

    Our guide Haru is very kind person. We are impressed how she made the tour less stressful (high demand and few days available to visit, find buses, translate and describe the ceremony and garden, lot of tricks for travelling in Kyoto and around).
    It was good experience in the Moss temple but little bit disappointed when we need to give back the permitted admission card to the staff and many tourists visited in the same time.

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