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Gio-ji Temple

#48 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: 32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Moss garden supreme.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

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, flowing around their trunks like a still stream. It's a moss oasis, meticulously groomed. We watched a very elderly woman working with a tiny bamboo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Even if you have to walk a bit to reach this hidden gem, if you like quiet and silence you won't regret your walk, the temple itself is nothing peculiar but the landscape around it is great,moss everywhere, it seems to be in a fairy tale!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

It took a rather long walk from the Bamboo Grove to reach this temple. The foliage was showed it was the end of autumn with the moss garden being the highlight of this place. I found the entrance fee to be rather expensive for such a small place as it can be completed within five minutes if one does a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Not as much autumn colour here as the play if more about shades of green in the garden. Lots of moss. Interesting none the less and worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Spectacular Fall colors were a big reason we planned our second trip to Kyoto for November. Falling leaves are a given, and are a welcome part of a garden's 'show' - at any other locale, because Gio-ji is known for being a "Moss Garden." Other temples in Kyoto having moss features, or raked sand for example, make the (tremendous) effort... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

If you are tired with so many tourists bursting into Arashiyama during peak seasons, try visiting Gio-Ji. It's a small gem approx 2 kms away from Arashiyama tramway station. The monastery is just a small, simple, zen-style hut in the middle of well-tended moss garden. You'll feel the tranquility once you step inside no matter how many visitors are there.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Gioji Temple This is one of 3 temples we visited in Arashiyama. Gio-ji is very beautiful and a highlight of our trip. We visited with a local Kyoto guide and traveled there by car, but it was relatively close to the hotel. Gioji is a small Buddhist nunnery with an interesting back story about Gio, a geisha who was jilted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Moss as far as the eye can see. So much moss. Such a beautiful, mossy place. eEscape the crowds along the river and the main street of Arashiyama, walk through the Bamboo Grove within a lovely community...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

If you want to escape the crowds along the river and the main street of Arashiyama, walk through the Bamboo Grove within a lovely community of homes, cafes, small restaurants to Gio-ji, about 30 minutes. It was once a small Buddhist nunnery and has a beautiful thatched roof dwelling and moss garden. Gorgeous, intimate

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I so enjoyed my visit to this area by JR train. I wandered around the little scenic streets and getting lost a bit was half the fun. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the shady treelined lanes as you get up towards the temples were charming. Only a small garden and temple , but I loved the dark green... More 

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