Over 130 species of mosses now grow in the garden. They cover soil, tree trunks, rocks. In the center of this amazing living “carpet” is a pond shaped like a Chinese character meaning “mind” (“heart”).
No tourists allowed in Saiho-ji. It's a place for meditation and prayer, so that's the only reason people can visit it.
Moss gardens are considered by many to be the most amazing and unusual among similar objects. What Europeans deem unhealthy and have struggled with for centuries, the Japanese have elevated to an art form. Places like Saiho-ji are really peaceful and tranquil.