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Japan--Visiting Saihoji (Moss Temple)

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Two years ago I made arrangements for a trip to Japan, and ended up canceling it because of the earthquake. At that time, I made a reservation to visit Saihoji in Kyoto by writing them and enclosing an international reply coupon. I'm now planning our trip for this coming May, but it looks as though USPS is no longer issuing the coupons, as of a month ago! I guess my only alternative is to ask that the reply be sent to my hotel (we're planning on staying at the Gran Via), but holding a postcard for us for two months is a lot to ask of the hotel. On the other hand, I can't expect the monks to pay the US postage. Is there any way to buy Japanese stamps here? If I wait until closer to the trip to write, how likely is it that we'll get an appointment to visit? (I struck out on the lottery for visiting the Katsura Imperial Villa, so missing Saihoji would be particularly disappointing.) Can anybody suggest a fix for this? (By the way, Kyoto is our first stop on the trip and we're planning on being there a full two weeks, if that helps.)

Carolyn

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