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Temples

Saihoji(Kokedera)

Area

West




Highlight
Koke-dera literally means "moss temple" and features four and a half acres of otherworldly garden with over 120 types of thick velvety moss carpeting the earth


Details
The garden is highly influenced by the ideals of the tea ceremony that flourished in the Muromachi era (1338-1573). The ideals of wabi (honesty and understatement) resonated well with the Zen branch of Buddhism, which incorporated tea architecture into temple design. During the Heian period (794-1185)the Japanese began experimenting in unique and abstract ways with the use of rocks of varying shapes and textures were employed to represent both natural formations and man-made structures, such as mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, and bridges. In addition, sand and white pebbles were used to represent water thus eliminating the use of real water (ponds) altogether. In the second half of the fifteenth century, kare-sansui or (lit. dried landscapes) started appearing in Zen


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Temples

Saihoji(Kokedera)

Area

West

Open

must make advanced reservations through the Imperial household agency.

Admission

3,000 Yen
Highschool & Jr. Highschool: 3,000 Yen / elemenary: free (must make reservations with reply paid postcard)

Address

5656 Kamigatani-cho Matsuo Nishikyo-ku

Tel No.

+81-75-391-3631

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