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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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  • August 12, 2017
    Visited on a weekday evening or tourists could visit quietly, at least. In a beautiful Moss garden, but is a space of healing.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Often seen in pictures of Kyoto recently, so I went. Admission 300 yen is courteous, and slowly walk from saga-Arashiyama station 30 minutes in quiet, less tourists and so good, but smaller than I thought
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  • July 30, 2017
    Saga-Zaventem Lanshan JR a bit far, but not too hard to find, building Council to promote gauge drive cars over the JR station, this temple 廟 equivalent 較 small, well we cool, good comfort, 較 fewer games, but this temple 廟 Moss without the plasticity of approximately, unlike Moss temple to predict about the parameter view
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  • April 27, 2017
    My favourite temple thus far and I have been to all the main ones. Do picturesque as it's covered in moss and it's quiet, not many tourists! do not miss this, I was so touched walking into this place, I can't describe it!
  • April 1, 2017
    Love this place. It is tiny, secluded and peaceful. Be wary that Google Maps sends you the wrong way around 'the block' and you cannot get in from the north dead end road. Instead of following GMaps, locate the Parking spot which is slightly south east of the temple's map marker and get directions to that. It is meters away from the actual entrance.
  • April 27, 2017
    Tiny, secluded, no tourists. Perfect.
  • June 19, 2017
    Quiet place, good spot for peace of mind
  • August 21, 2016
    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.

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