World Heritage: Kokedera Temple (Moss Temple)4.6
This zen temple, listed as one of Kyoto's Unesco World Heritage Sites, is well known for fantastical cultivation of mosses everywhere in its vast garden. There are estimated 120 different varieties of mosses and you can enjoy a free stroll in this mesmerizing carpet of moss green. The best season is a rainy season in June but the contrast with red foliage in autumn and white snow in winter is also beautiful.
Reservation is required at least two weeks in advance of your trip and the concierge desk at most hotels can handle the procedure for you. The temple sits on a quiet hill on the western fringes of Kyoto and reached by one-hour bus ride. The calligraphy of Buddhist sutra is included in the temple tour.
Purposeelderly,world heritage,family,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 31.4km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a month ago
It's a pretty Japanese garden, but a fair way out of the way. We went in November so the leaves changing colour are nice. Maybe not really worth going unless you're really into nature, there are other more popular temples that are nicer, bigger, and closer in Kyoto.
4.010 months ago
Unique place to see so much moss and to take part in calligraphy. You can enjoy a quiet stroll around the garden since the entry is timed and limited.
Overall, it's nice if you're planning to be in the area but otherwise it's far from the centre and quite expensive for what you get. Kyoto has many, many beautiful temples that this must compete with.
5.0a year ago
the monks were wonderful - courteous and very considerate of an "old" lady - from excusing her before her sutra was completely copied to telling her to take her time in the moss garden. The visitors were courteous also - quiet, considerate of photographers, enjoying the gardens. A fabulous experience of Japanese culture and gardens.
5.0a year ago
It was my dream to come here. Before coming you have to send a special letter - all is explained on the temple's website in both Japanese and English. On the day of the visit you have to arrive on time. The group of visitor of the day are taken to the temple hall. Where there was a short lecture, a sutra chant that you could join in and writing on plaques for intentions. Then the tour of the moss garden started which is an amazing place. The temple grounds are amazing. The monks and what I think were secular attendants was really friendly. I really recommend coming. From outside Japan it is worth to send the letter a few months in advance. Thanks to that I had no problem with getting in.
1.0a year ago
Monk was rude, arrogant and dismissive when I spoke with him over the phone as I tried my best to converse in japanese. As they totally do not speak english, I suggest either preparing google translate beforehand or have japanese-fluent person nearby when calling or speaking to them.