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Why we need a pre-reservation

Saihoji Temple was opened to the public in 1928.

From the over 120 types of beautiful moss covering the whole garden, it is nicknamed Koke-Dera or Moss Temple. After the war, it became the stage for the famous novel, “Kokyō” by Osaragi Jiro, and at around 1955 there was a garden boom, triggering global attention.

As the number of visitors increased, “the tourist pollution*1” started to become a problem. In the 1970s various measures were taken by administrative authorities and neighboring residents to solve the pollution.

However, these ideas did not solve the fundamental problem, and so in order to keep the original religious atmosphere and let visitors pray in peace, instead of blindly increasing tourists, from 1977 we decided to implement a small-group visiting system with pre-reservation through round trip postcard (or postal mail for visitors from abroad) and participate in religious rituals at the Hondō, before reaching the garden.

*1 Increase in trash and exhaust gases of automobiles, and problems such as noise and traffic accidents, due to the increase in tourists.

For those living abroad   

Pre-reservation by air-mail We will accept reservations from 2 months before your desired visit date. Please send a sealed letter for your reservation so that it reaches us, latest 3 weeks before your desired date. However, if your desired date overlaps with many applications, or if we cannot perform a public worship on that day, we may not be able to accommodate your request.
How to reserve For reservation, please send a sealed letter with the following three articles, to the reception.
① Paper with a few preferred/possible visiting dates, total number of visitors, and representative’s name, address, phone number
  • We have many reservations especially for Saturdays and holidays, Rainy season (June) and Autumn. We recommend you to apply as soon as possible.
  • Your chance of getting your preferred date will increase, with more alternative dates
Template Downloadarrow② A return envelope or postcard with a return address and name
  • We will send you a reply, after we have received your letter.
③ One IRC (International Reply Coupon)
Click here for more info:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/int_coupon_en.html
Address 56, Matsuo Jingatanichō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto, 615-8286, Japan
To : Saihoji Temple Worship Clerk

For those living Japan   

Pre-reservation through round trip postcard We will accept reservations from 2 months before your desired visit date. Please send a round-trip postcard for your reservation so that it reaches us, latest 1 week before your desired date. However, if your desired date overlaps with many applications, or if we cannot perform a public worship on that day, we may not be able to accommodate your request.
How to reserve ① First, send us a round-trip postcard, with the date(s) you wish to visit the temple, total number of visitors, and representative’s name, address, phone number. Please note that we do not accept specific time requests for worship.
  • We have many reservations especially for Saturdays and holidays, Rainy season (June) and Autumn. We recommend you to apply as soon as possible.
② We will send a reply after we have received your reservation.
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Address 56, Matsuo Jingatanichō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto, 615-8286, Japan
To : Saihoji Temple Worship Clerk
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