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Gio-ji Temple, Kyoto

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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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  • This temple was found by chance Temple. If I had toured the former holiday home of the Toei company mogul pass through here so drop by and was impressed. The abandoned "white rhythm" camekic Taira no Kiyomori, was built by nuns. That's why named "SHIDO Temple (giouji). It was a temple filled with heartbreaking story. Women ask for a tour.
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  • Very nice Park, we are however wrong lane, another couple lived the same unpleasantness. In short, nothing serious, pretty small isolated and quiet park. Foams are beautiful, the colors must depend on seasons I think. We went in the winter.
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  • It is famous as a nunnery of the tragic love appeared in the tale of the Heike. Yunogo Temple of MOSS and not comfortable but unforgettable. Bamboo Garden is located near the entrance, you could buy souvenirs. And it took 25 minutes walk of daikaku-ji Temple online common admission ticket 200 yen deals.
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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.