Saiho-ji Temple is an ancient temple founded by Gyoki in the Nara period, which was restored in 1339 by Musō Soseki, a master landscaper.
This temple is popularly known as the "Moss Temple (Koke-dera)" because of the beauty of about 120 species of moss that covers the precincts of the temple, just like a green carpet. The Shonan-tei Pavilion (Important Cultural Property), where Iwakura Tomomi lived in hiding at the end of the Edo period, is also a must-see.
The two-tiered garden, created by Soseki, which has been designated as a special place of scenic beauty, consists of the Karesansui (dry landscape) garden and the pond garden, latter of which surrounds the Golden Pond in the shape of a heart. This is also the garden that Ashikaga Yoshimasa used as a model when he built the famous Ginkaku-ji Temple. During the season of autumn leaves, the scenery created by the green of the moss and the red of the leaves is enchanting.
Why don't you visit the ancient temple, which present a beautiful sight in the season when the greenery shines brightly? When you do so, please visit our Sanjo Showroom when you return. We also have a variety of goods that are perfect for your visit to the shrine, so be sure to check out our online store as well.
Please note that advance registration is required to visit Saiho-ji Temple. Enjoy the luxury of admiring the moss garden in a small group.
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