Saiho-ji (Moss Temple)
In May and June, the Garden of Moss is truly bewitching. Designed in 1339 by Zen monk Muso Soseki (1275-1351) on the spot of a monastery dedicated to Amida Buddha, the temple of moss has two levels: the lower garden of Heian influence laid out around a water feature and the upper garden, built on a hillside, which is strewn with large rocks that bring to mind the bed of a waterfall, thus giving an idea of what awaits. Soseki also designed the first Zen garden.
Address:Kamigayacho - Matsuo - Nishikyo-ku 56, 615 8286 Kyoto
self-guided tour on written application (in English) 7 days-one month in advance to Saiho-ji Temple, 56 Jingatani-cho, Matsuo, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8286