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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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  • I went to see it on BS TV, so my friend and his wife came to Kyoto for sightseeing, I put the car in the parking near Togetsuhashi, walk through the Sagano, walking through the Bamboo Grove, I came, I paid 300 yen at the reception, walk around the left, The garden with Moss was very quaint, and when I looked into the small dim House of thatched, I felt something history, and the sound of the water Koto cave beside the house was very beautiful.
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  • It is a small temple. The autumnal leaves are crowded with tourists, but the season of fresh Green does not come around here so much, and it was almost charter. I was squatting and looking at the moss.
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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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