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Gio-ji Temple, Kyoto
(4.4/5 based on 240+ 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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  • It was when I visited Kyoto Villa actor kanjuro arashi, Toshiro was referred to as Toei company mogul. Mogul era feel difference in scale right now and I'm fine, just beside accidentally found "SHIDO Temple (ぎおうじ). Yuki enshrined by Kiyomori Qing Sheng Park in Heian Era eons King (giou) felt the misfortune of their heyday, was built here. By chance, find this temple, I felt happy. * Eons King and "women enjoy the dances such as Geisha and maiko in the Heian period (Gagaku)?
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  • The temple is somewhat hidden in the forest. The garden has a small Moss garden with old trees. Otherwise, there is here not much to see.
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  • Moss as far as the eye can see. So much moss. Such a beautiful, mossy place. eEscape the crowds along the river and the main street of Arashiyama, walk through the Bamboo Grove within a lovely communi...  more »
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  • Quaint little temple of the beaten track. Well worth a detour to visit.
  • 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.
  • Some of the best japanese gardens I've ever visited. A jewel in Arashiyama area. A must see.
  • 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.