The Saiho-ji in the western district of Kyoto is famous for its lush and extensive moss gardens, and is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also often called Kokedera (‘Moss Temple’). We had the good fortune to visit Saiho-ji, participate in the sutra-writing ceremony, and then stroll through the beautiful and tranquil gardens. Here, the humble moss really is a star, carpeting the ground throughout, perfectly highlighting the exquisite design and care of the zen landscape. If you ever have a chance to visit, do not miss it. Reservations are required, and some information is available here, or by contacting the temple directly. These are a few of the photos we took at Kokedera.