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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 Edition.
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  • The temple grounds were overrun with tourists in 1977, so the monks established an elaborate system of reserving a space for a 10:00 a.m or 1:00 p.m. visit. You write a request to the monastery with....  more
    The temple grounds were overrun with tourists in 1977, so the monks established an elaborate system of reserving a space for a 10:00 a.m or 1:00 p.m. visit. You write a request to the monastery with....  more »
  • While this temple is serene and beautiful it is just not worth the admission price considering how many other more beautiful places there are in Kyoto. Also, getting here is a challenge and just the....  more
    While this temple is serene and beautiful it is just not worth the admission price considering how many other more beautiful places there are in Kyoto. Also, getting here is a challenge and just the....  more »
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  • If you are a big fan of different types of moss, then this is your place. Steve Jobs used to frequent this place too, according to the materials that they give you at the place. In order to enter, you must book in advance online, it’ll cost 4000 yen per person if you do it online. You pay at the door. Though you book a time slot, you can come a little earlier or a little later, the visit is at your pace rather than a group event.
  • Booked online and it cost 4000yen! I don’t know why it’s more expensive than postcard booking. Digital process should be much easier than manual process so I thought it was unfair. Even my friend from Kyoto was surprised at the entrance fee. The garden is nice, but I wasn’t that impressed to be honest. I’ve seen other beautiful gardens in my life and didn’t pay that much. good value for money? - I don’t think so. Once is enough. I’m pretty sure they had to increase the entrance fee because the number of tourists has decreased dramatically and basically they were forced to introduce the online booking system to get more visitors = more sales ($$$). Quite commercial.

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