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Saihoji Temple, Kyoto

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Garden Religious Site
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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  • This was our best garden visit. The moss gardens are spectacular and breathtaking. It was raining when we visited...that made it even more beautiful. Moss as a ground cover is underrated in the west ....  more »
  • Saihoji temple is famous for its lovely Moss Garden. But, for me it should be famous for its mandatory Buddha Scripture copying for each visiting guest. The temple is opened daily once for a fixed num...  more »
  • I have to admit the admission application process is tedious. I asked my local friend for help with sending in postcards and ask for availability. That is the reason I cannot give this attraction a fi...  more »