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
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4.02 weeks ago
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.
4.03 weeks ago
Amazing garden filled with moss. Unlike other UNESCO heritage sites in kyoto this is very less crowded. Reservation is required in advance through postcard to visit the temple and garden. Also great experience trying calligraphy inside temple. Totally worth visiting
4.03 weeks ago
It was a nice experience trying to write the sutra and also enjoying the green moss. An hour here felt fast.. but the entrance fee was overpriced I think and I recommend to try the hiking course nearby after the visit. The walk was relaxing and not that hard, enough to make you sweat and enjoy lunch in arashiyama after the hike
4.07 months 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.
5.0a month ago
Saimyoji Temple's main temple building was named Japan's first National Treasure, and the temple has been around since the Kamakura period (1192-1333). It draws a lot of people in the autumn to see fall leaves and cherry blossoms on display at the same time. ⛩️🎏
Saimyoji Temple includes Horaitei Garden, which has more than 1,000 maple trees. In mid- to late November, the crimson leaves carpet the grounds in spectacular fashion.
Scattered among the maples are the unusual fudanzakura cherry trees, which bloom in autumn. This is one of the only places in the world where you can see sakura cherry blossoms and autumn foliage at the same time.