Saihoji, commonly known as Kokedera is one of Kyoto's Unesco World Heritage Sites. Kokedera means "moss temple".
The Saihoji temple was constructed by Gyoki during the Nara Period. Originally, it was the site of Prince Shotoku's villa. In 1339, the temple was renovated and converted into a Zen temple by priest Muso Soseki. He was also the one who created the Kokedera's garden.
The visitors of the temple can have the opportunity to participate in temples religious activities. The entire activity can last over an hour.
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Kokedera is a 20 minute walk from Matsuo Taisha Station on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line
The Saiho-ji temple requires reservation by sendin a request on their postal e-mail.
The temple address is:
56 Jingatani-cho, Matsuo
Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, 615-8286, Japan
The admission fee of 3000 yen per person is paid at the time of the visit.
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