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Gio-ji Temple, Kyoto

(4.4/5 based on 260+ 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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  • 4/12, on Wednesday from togetsu bridge walks to the small diameter of the Bamboo Grove, Temple, Tower of druaga, late this year. Would be the best route to the Sagano. In small diameter bamboo, Chinese tourists are extremely much, it was so crowded on the Tokyo Yamanote Line in drawn! But the place say sorry okochi Sanso, and out of the tram station, but noisy Chinese tourists and many people lack. Get small SHIDO Temple and walk about 10 minutes. Admission 300 yen, reaching SHIDO Temple of the small Hermitage. While Moss gardens, a quiet relaxing place. Fall foliage season is still more wonderful. SHIDO Temple rather than kindly come by taxi, to end the Sagano bamboo forest from route you want to go in. I thought next time I come in the fall.
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  • Storm electric saga station, arrived in about 20 minutes. We have morning 9:00 was first one spacious garden and around. Very well could be on the road until the arrival, song of a Nightingale to again hear, feel the spring.
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  • We have visited here in a nunnery in the Heike story of Sagano is popular, but was out of season, observing quietly. Spread slightly different shades that MOSS Moss garden surrounded by bamboo forests, especially, is very beautiful.
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  • Small, quiet, very mossy. It's a nice walk up there and most people don't seem to bother. You should, it's a very nice little place.
  • This temple is near Arashiyama if you are up for a little walk. There is an entrance fee and a moss garden you might like. The temple is really small and in a nice setting.
  • 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.
  • If you like moss gardens then you'd probably give this place a solid 3.5 stars.
  • Some of the best japanese gardens I've ever visited. A jewel in Arashiyama area. A must see.