A lot of planning went into visiting and photographing Saihoji. Weeks in advance, you must send a return post card to Saihoji, requesting a visit. Once you receive your invitation, guests are required to trace sutras and hear a talk on the garden, and pay a handsome fee to enter. Though the rigamarole is a hassle, and the fee is high, it does keep out mass tourism so visitors can enjoy the green, peaceful oasis of this ancient garden. I visited with fellow Canvas buddy Rob Goss, who did an exceptionally good job on his sutras! Canon 5D Mark II
I am a freelance photographer based near Tokyo, and my specialties include architecture, interiors, portraits, travel; and gardens.