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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. Saihoji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • A worthwhile place to visit if you like to see an ancient moss garden. The visit to the moss garden is preceded by a prayer led by Buddhist monks. Peaceful and serene environment.  more »
  • What an enchanting place. You start by sitting and copying a sutra in kanji (as best you can- no grades), adding your name and your wish, then leaving it in front of the altar. Then you are free to wa...  more »
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