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Saiho-ji Moss Garden

Listed under Gardens in Osaka, Japan.

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Saiho-ji, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto’s famous moss garden can only be visited by applying in writing, many months in advance. Those lucky enough to gain entry walk paths past lush moss, which is lit with a shimmering tracery of light falling through the trees overhead. In the autumn the place is ablaze with maples, their reflections burning in the lake. It is one of the oldest surviving gardens in Japan, founded in the 8th century; its present layout dates form the 14th century.

Visit the garden every year on Ross Garden Tours Japan Cherry Blossom tour.

Written by  Kent Ross.

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