Koke-dera, the moss temple

A wander through the moss kingdom, the Saihoji temple garden is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and history.

Visit the famous moss temple in Kyoto

The Saihoji is one of a few "koke-dera". (translated from Japanese as "moss temple") in existence in Japan, but is by far the most beautiful and most recognised. Originally a villa of Prince Shotoku, in the 14th century it was converted into a Zen temple by the priest Muso Soseki, who also created the garden, this being part of his daily meditation routine. Today the garden is home to around 120 different varieties of moss and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Experiences in a Buddhist temple before visiting the Zen garden

A visit to the Koke-dera commences with a Buddhist ceremony during which the monks recite prayers, and a sutra writing session where you will copy a text made up of kanji.


Practical information

- The times you choose on this page are indicative only, we reserve the right to choose the time of the visit according to availability, please check your entry time when you receive your confirmation.

- Children between 6 and 15 years old are not allowed.

- Maximum capacity is 2 persons

- Please arrive 15 min before the time of booking. The garden is closed from January to March.




※ Please note that demand for the Kokedera is very high, especially during the high season, so reservations cannot be guaranteed. In the event of unavailability, we will inform you accordingly.


Koke-dera, the moss temple

$44 per person

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