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'Saihoji Temple--or, as it is more commonly known: Kokedera ("moss temple")--was founded in the fourteenth century and is located on a massive 4.5 acres.

On the same site a temple has existed since the eighth century, when a temple was created by Gyoki. It was then rebuilt in 1339 by Muso Kokushi, who was a Zen priest and garden designer.

There is a pond, a kare-sansui garden, and several large structures. But it is of course the moss that tourists come for.

There are hundreds of species. The fall is a special time to visit, but the moss is at its greenest in early summer in May or June.

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