Reservation Help for Saihoji moss garden


  • Saihoji Moss garden Reservation help for 2,200 yen

 No availability until June 2019.  We are only accepting reservation from June 2019.

We will take care of all the difficult reservation procedures for you!
Many tourists have had a hard time making reservations getting to the temple.
To make reservation, applicants need to send reply-paid postcards to the temple to get the admission permit letter. But the temple only sends a permit letter domestically and it’s difficult to get Japanese reply-paid post card.  But now we can help those who want to have an unforgettable experience without any uncertainty.

Please follow the steps below to get to Saiho-ji temple.


Please inform us your name, hotel name and check-in date, total number of people and the dates you wish to visit .
The admission-permit card can be sent internationally to your home with extra 200yen.  One reservation (one admission permit) is good for any number of group.
> When submitting the form to us, please be sure of the dates.  The temple will not allow any changes once reservation has been made.
> Since there is no guarantee that the temple will be able to welcome you on the exact same date and time you requested, please try to be flexible with your schedule. Your chance of getting approved will increase if you have many alternative dates.
Entrance time is either from 10am or 1pm and the time cannot be specified in advance.


  • Step 2: Payment

After receiving our invoice to your email address, please make a payment (2,200 yen) through paypal.
> Price includes the handling fee and cost for the special reply-paid postcard and postage for sending a permit to your hotel.
> If all the dates you requested are full and your request is turned down, your payment will be refunded (except for the cost of a reply-paid postcard and PayPal charge)
> The payment is in Japanese Yen through Paypal only. (A PayPal account is not needed to make the payment. A guideline will be provided in an email).

Cancellation policy:
Once temple accept your application and send the admission-permit, no refund will be given. So please have a fixed plan beforehand.

If your application is approved and we receive the permit from the temple, we will immediately notify you and send a digital image of the permit to you via email.
The permit will be sent to your requested address or Hotel before your arrival so that the hotel reception can hand it to you upon checking in.


For any inquiry, please feel free to contact us: Contact Form.
For gardens recommendation and useful tips on Kyoto travel please visit Traditional Kyoto.
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Toshiyuki Shitanaka
2010-2019 Reservation help in English




  • Step 3: Visit Saihoji-Temple

Try to arrive 20 to 30 minutes before your appointed time with the admission-permit.  Doors are open about 20 minutes before appointment time.
admission (donation to the temple) of 3,000 yen (per person) will be necessary.

After the religious rite, SANKYO(the writing of sutra by hand with your wish), explore the garden at your leisure! We hope you have a great time!


General information of Saihoji Temple

  • [Official Name] Saiho-ji temple (Kokedera/Moss temple)
  • [Location] Matsuo-jingatani-cho, Nishigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
  • [Kaizan] Priest Gyoki
  • [Religious Sect] Rinzai-shu sect

The oldest important garden of the Muromachi Period was re-designed by a Zen Buddhist priest, Muso Soseki, who also designed the Tenryu-ji garden in Kyoto. It is a stroll garden, set in a dark forest and designed for meditation. The garden was originally designed to represent the Western Paradise (or Pure Land) of Amida Buddhism. It was re-designed by Soseki when it passed to the Zen Buddhist sect The chief feature of the garden is the ‘golden pond’ with pavilions scattered on its shore and connected by a path which allows controlled views of the garden. The pond is shaped like the Japanese character for ‘heart’ or ‘spirit’. It is divided by islands and connected by bridges. The mosses which give the garden its alternative name (Koke-dere) were established, as an economy measure, after the Meiji restoration (1868). The moss has become popular ever since.