Saihoji Temple

Local name西芳寺
LocationNishikyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Saihō-ji is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in Matsuo, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan. The temple, which is famed for its moss garden, is commonly referred to as "Koke-dera", meaning "moss temple", while the formal name is "Kōinzan Saihō-ji". The temple, primarily constructed to honor Amitābha, was first founded by Gyōki and was later restored by Musō Soseki. In 1994, Saihō-ji was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto". Over 120 types of moss are present in the two-tiered garden, resembling a beautiful green carpet with many subtle shades.

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Opening hours

Visit is only possible with previous registration. The request must be made in a tourist office.


General: 3000 JPY

More information and contact


Official website

More information at

Phone +81 75 391 3631

Address Kyoto, Japan

Coordinates 34°59'31.976" N 135°41'1.049" E

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