Kokedera means Moss Temple, referring to the temple garden’s estimated 120 different varieties of moss. Visitors to the temple can walk through this spectacular garden, which has strongly influenced subsequent Japanese garden design.
Kokedera was originally the site of Prince Shotoku’s villa before becoming a temple in the Nara Period. In 1339, the temple was renovated and converted into a Zen temple under the priest Muso Soseki. Muso is also credited with creating Kokedera’s gardens.
Kokedera offers the unique opportunity for visitors to participate in some of the temple’s religious activities. Every visitor to Kokedera is asked to contribute to the observances of kito and shakyo (respectively, the chanting and copying of Buddhist scriptures, called sutra).
To make a reservation, send a request by postal mail to the temple with your name, the number of people in your group, the name and address of your “group representative” and the proposed date of your visit, as well as a self-addressed, stamped return postcard. The request must reach the temple seven days before the date of your intended visit, but far more time is recommended. (Self return postcard are available at the post or convenience store like, Circle K, 7-11,Lawson, Family mart etc) but you can also use this reservation form as I prepared for you.
1 .Application to arrive up to 7 working days prior to the intended visit at the temple; there is only one visit per day,(Sunday includes) with visit time varying, so time of visit cannot be specified.
2. The fee to visit the temple (¥3,000) is paid when you enter the temple
3.Visitor are given access to the grounds for 90 minutes. Fourthly, before being permitted access to the garden, visitors must engage in an activity, which varies from day to day – these include zazen (sitting meditation), hand copying sutras (shakyō), and chanting sutras. One is then also asked to write down one’s wish, name, and address. The monks keep all the sutras in the pagoda and continue to pray for all.
Please use this reservation form PDF to help your visit.