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Saihoji Temple

56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-391-3631
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Our best temple experience

The temple is beautiful. Its best quality is that ot is not crouded, since you have to sign up in... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
Yonatan B
via mobile
Far outside city center, but worth the trek

Other reviewers have noted this, and I will say it too, getting tickets to this temple is a hassle... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Clara E
Shanghai, China
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“moss garden” (27 reviews)
“an invitation” (6 reviews)
“monks chant” (3 reviews)
56 Matsuo Jingatanicho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-391-3631
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

The temple is beautiful. Its best quality is that ot is not crouded, since you have to sign up in advance. The sutra copying was annoying for some of us, but they offer you to skip it. Still, the entrence fee is too high.

1  Thank Yonatan B
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Other reviewers have noted this, and I will say it too, getting tickets to this temple is a hassle; however, it is definitely worth it even for the high cost of labor and money. This temple is an active Buddhist temple and when you arrive...More

Thank Clara E
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This Shinto temple is unique. You have to book well in advance and it has to be done from inside Japan. We organised it through Hotel Mume in Kyoto, and they had our access ready when we checked in, and organised a taxi to get...More

Thank leoharney
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

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 .... here you will see a thing of beauty.....and a joy...More

1  Thank rahi1964
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

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 number of visitors. Anyone interested to visit, needs to send...More

1  Thank Seok Ting C
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

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 five. Doors were open about 20 minutes before appointment time....More

Thank singinggigi
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Months before we set foot on Kyoto, we heeded all good advice and sought paid help to obtain invitations for this mysterious and beautiful temple with moss covered grounds. (Just search: help for saihoji reservation ) And when we arrived in Kyoto, as promised, with...More

3  Thank SGCouple
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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...More

2  Thank Cliff S
Reviewed 16 March 2017

While not easy to get access to, this temple is the one I would keep if I had to chose one from my trip in Kyoto. I used an online service to ask for an invitation (and used the ryokan I was staying at as...More

1  Thank Nisildur
Reviewed 29 December 2016

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...More

1  Thank Klaus B
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Camila O
17 August 2017|
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Response from Seok Ting C | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The best way to secure an invitation is through your hotel concierge. Give them the day you would like to visit & they will do the request on your behalf. The temple will send the invitation postcard to the hotel. Upon... More
22 September 2016|
Response from MBenzinger | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any children there. I only saw adults... but you can try.
13 April 2016|
Response from Susanne E |
You need to book in advance via an written application. I have only tried to do if from within Japan, but if you google "Saihoji Moss garden Reservation help" which offers help to do it from abroad. Hope this helps. It may... More