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Gio-ji Temple, Kyoto

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Stop at Gio-ji Temple to observe a rich, evocative fairytale landscape of moss and trees, hiding a modest but picturesque thatched temple. The temple takes its name from a dancer named Gio, who began a doomed relationship with the Heike Clan's leader, Taira-no-Kiyomori. When it ended, Gio retreated here to spend the rest of her life as a Buddhist priestess. Observe carved wooden statues of her, other spurned lovers, and the clan leader himself dotted around the small temple, and look out for the statue of Dainichi Nyorai, the Buddha of Light, found inside the temple. A worthy visit in autumn, the red tones of the leaves contrast beautifully against the lush green mossy ground at this time. Bring along your camera to capture the dream-like beauty of this spot in the woods. Add Gio-ji Temple to your Kyoto travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kyoto trip generator.
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  • The temple itself is not very impressive. But the garden around it, with the little creek is more than beautiful. Especially because you can have the chance to be alone there and enjoy the peace of th...  read more »
  • Walked a little bit from a parked car arrived at the temple at bear road shops and can be enjoyed. In the temple is exactly the MOSS Temple! One side green with cool air and healed!
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  • 日本園林中最感到嚮往的,大概是「苔庭」。所謂苔庭,乃是只以青苔作為空間營造的材料,布置而成的自然景觀。最有名的應該是嵐山的「西芳寺」與「祈王寺」,西芳寺要申請太複雜了,後者簡單易去,遊客又少,是嵐山的好去處。 . 青苔之美,並非在於設計之初就精心種植,而是在長久的時間下,逐漸發展滿佈的隨意之美。祇王寺裡的土讓上布滿青苔,好似柔軟的鮮綠毛氈地毯,有陽光灑落時刻,銀銀地反射,更有種絲綢的輕柔華美。夏末...  read more »
  • This temple was a lot smaller than I expected, however it was very quaint. The mosses and maple trees really make it. Even though it was drizzling, the garden had a lovely tranquil feel.
  • Small temple. Beautiful moss gardens. I bet it looks gorgeous in the fall when the maple leafs give it some color. Note that google maps will give you slightly wrong directions (2015). Turn up where all the other temples are instead of going around the block where maps tells you to go.
  • Really nice place here. You'll be surprised at the bright green color. It's quite smaller than other temples in Kyoto but you'll get a big satisfaction. if you visit here, Daikakuji is recomendable as well.
  • Wonderful Japanese style garden. The secret garden of the bamboo forest.
  • The moss garden is really amazing
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