Saiho-ji Temple

Kyoto, Kansai

Saiho-ji Temple Garden is said to have been founded in the 14th century by Muso Kokushi, a master gardener. It is one of Kyotos most famous gardens, a dry garden with impressive scenery created using rocks, sand and plants on a slope behind the main hall. The falls created by the stonework of a three-stepped terrace are impressive. Visitors can enjoy the scenery while walking around the pond. The garden is covered in over 120 different species of moss, creating an illusionary and tranquil ambience in rich green. Many people visit the temple to experience this particular beauty. The temple is better known as Koke-dera – the temple of moss.’

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56 Matsuo-Jingatani-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee
Offering: 3,000 yen + (Advanced reservations are required)
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/1-hr. ride/Kokedera-michi Stop/5-min. walk

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