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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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  • MOSS-filled machine looks quite nice to come. Besides, good to see the foliage tinged up. Just another expensive entrance fee is pretty good compared to the sights leaves plenty of them, so I went in and people just move along the busy. When you dare to go far enough to see hanjeoghal or not.
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  • Gio-ji is a small temple in a small property, but the moss garden is truly remarkable. Every shade of green seems to be represented, and the moss undulates and mounds beneath the canopy of trees, flow...  more »
  • Beautiful winter Moss left. I think I saw a lot of seedlings of wild grasses, so beautiful in each season. In addition, ruled in the feel good together with bamboo and in individual Moss. Like coming in early summer.
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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.