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Saihō-ji (西芳寺, Saihō-ji?) is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in Matsuo, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan. The temple, which is famed for its moss garden, is commonly referred to as "Koke-dera" (苔寺, "Koke-dera"?), meaning "moss temple", and is also known as "Kōinzan Saihō-ji" (洪隠山西芳寺, "Kōinzan Saihō-ji"?). The temple, primarily constructed to honor Amitabha, was first founded by Gyōki, and was later restored by Musō Soseki. In 1994, Saihō-ji was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto".