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Saihoji Temple, Kyoto

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Visit Saihoji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Zen and peace. At the eighth-century temple complex, which is covered in over 120 species of moss, you'll find a central pond, which takes the shape of the Chinese character for heart. Find three tea houses tucked away in the garden, then head to the eastern side of the complex to find the temple hall and a three-story pagoda. Use our Kyoto tourist route planner to add Saihoji Temple and other attractions to your Kyoto vacation plans.
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  • 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 intern...  more »
  • MOSS SA and "Temple". It is a temple book postcards by the application, for the first time. Admission fee is 3000 yen and is high! The costs include the sutras. Is not just the sutras write quite a number of characters in a narrow space, legs are very hard did (lol) and books go from someone who ended up when walking around the garden. There were a lot of people, but not crowded in the garden, and enjoyed the world of MOSS. Want to see autumn leaves and MOSS for collaboration in the fall but moss green, but felt a little weak. Want to visit next season Moss has come alive.
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  • That little effort is required to book a stunning temples. I think was good Shakyo experience a weekend, others less. I think it can be a very good experience. It should be moist after rain.
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