Making A Reservation At Saihoji Temple 西芳寺
Advance reservations are needed to visit Saihoji Temple (aka Kokedera – the “Moss Temple”) in Kyoto.
Procedure for Saihoji reservation application
This involves sending a self-addressed stamped postcard (ofuku hagaki; 往復はがき) available from the post office or a convenience store, or, if sending from overseas, a postcard with an international reply coupon to Saihoji.
The ofuku hagaki is a set of two postcards one of which will be used by Saihoji to reply.
What is needed?
If you would like JapanVisitor to complete this formality for you we charge 2,200 yen for the service.
We would need:
-your full name
-the date of your visit
-any alternative dates (the more the better your chances)
-the number of people attending
-the address of your accommodation in Japan, such as the name of your hotel with the 7 digit zip code
Please contact us as far in advance as possible (a month ahead at the very least). Saihoji is a popular destination and visits can get quickly booked out especially in spring for the cherry blossom and in the fall for the autumn leaves. In the event of the application being turned down by Saihoji, we refund the 2,200 yen minus the 150-yen cost of the postcard used to make the application.
If the application is successful, you will receive the return postcard from Saihoji Temple with the date and time of your visit (see image below). Take this postcard to the temple and pay the admission fee of 3,000 yen per person.
If unsuccessful you will receive the return postcard informing you that the application was unfortunately not successful.
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