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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. Use our Kyoto tour planner to visit Gio-ji Temple on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is a temple that stands quietly in the place where it walks for about ten minutes through the small diameter of the bamboo. You can enjoy even in the rain, and there are few foreign tourists, and it is a calm atmosphere.
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  • Wonderful moss garden surrounded by a bamboo forest. A little away from mass tourism, an island of serenity. Can combine with the Jojakkoji temple and the Daikakuji temple a 25 minute walk in the countryside.
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  • This small temple is off the beaten path and well worth a visit. The moss garden and bamboo fences are beautiful. I also loved the thatched roof of the temple. Enjoy the walk and the adjacent temples while you are there. The entry fee is 300 yen.
  • The moss garden of Giouji temple was so pretty and well taken care of. It was very calm there. The staff at the reception was very friendly. You will get a small flyer at the entrance for information about the place. If you are in the area of Arashiyama definitely come here.
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