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Kokodera Moss Temple
It’s said that the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color. Put the theory to the test at the UNESCO-inscribed Saihō-ji, also known as the Kokodera Moss Temple, a veritable spectrum of jades, mints, artichokes, emeralds and olives and home to over 124 types of moss which carpet the temple ground’s forested floor in ways Akira Kurosawa couldn’t have dreamt up. Reservations to the temple must be made by snail mail months in advance in Japanese. After arrival, visitors are also asked to participate in Kokodera’s religious activities by observing kito and shakyo (respectively, the chanting and copying of Buddhist scriptures, called sutra via calligraphy stencils.)