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Why we need a pre-reservation

Saihoji Temple was opened to the public in 1928. Nicknamed Koke-Dera, or Moss Temple, it is well known throughout Japan and the world for the over 120 types of beautiful moss covering the whole garden. After the war, it was the setting for the famous novel Kokyō by Osaragi Jiro. During the 1950s, a gardening boom drew even more attention, including globally, to Saihoji.

We were, of course, happy to share the beauty of our beloved temple with so many people. But as the number of visitors increased so too did a number of problems onsite and in the surrounding area: litter, noise, automobile exhaust, traffic accidents, and so forth. During the 1970s, we took every conceivable measure with administrative authorities and neighboring residents to solve the problem.

Though mitigating the effects, these measures did not completely resolve the issue, and so from 1977 we decided to implement a small-group visiting system, with reservations made through postcard (or regular mail for visitors from abroad). This decision also helped us to maintain the authenticity of Saihoji as a functioning Zen temple—that is, a place of religious practice where visitors enjoy a peaceful atmosphere for prayer or meditation—rather than a commercial temple.

For those living abroad   

Pre-reservation by air-mail We will accept reservations from 2 months before your desired visit date. For reservations, please send a sealed letter so that it reaches us at least 3 weeks before your desired visit date.
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, representative’s name, address and phone number.
We recieve many requests for 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.

[How to reserve]
The letter should contain the following three articles:
① A note detailing your preferred/possible visiting dates, total number of visitors, and the group representative’s name, address, and phone number.
  • All visitors must be at least 12 years old or older from the visit on June 1st, 2019.
  • We recieve many requests for reservations, especially for holidays and during the rainy season (June) and Autumn. We recommend you apply as soon as possible. If your desired date overlaps with many applications, or if other responsibilities prevent us from opening to the public on that day, we may not be able to accommodate your request. Your chance of getting your preferred date will increase if you include several 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) or equivalent
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. For reservations, please send a round-trip postcard so that it reaches us at least 1 week before your desired visit date.
How to reserve ① The postcard should contain the following articles:
- A note detailing your preferred/possible visiting dates, total number of visitors, and the group representative’s name, address, and phone number.
  • All visitors must be at least 12 years old or older from the visit on June 1st, 2019.
  • We recieve many requests for reservations, especially for holidays and during the rainy season (June) and Autumn. We recommend you apply as soon as possible. If your desired date overlaps with many applications, or if other responsibilities prevent us from opening to the public on that day, we may not be able to accommodate your request. Your chance of getting your preferred date will increase if you include several alternative dates.
Sample Downloadarrow② We will send you a reply after we have received your letter.
Address 56, Matsuo Jingatanichō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto, 615-8286, Japan
To : Saihoji Temple Worship Clerk

Notice

From January 14 (Tue) to March 5 (Thu), 2020, we guide visitors to the Hondō (main hall)
without visiting the garden as the period for "Winter Visit" at this temple.
Please see here for details. We appreciate your understanding.

@Akira Nakata
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