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Gio-ji Temple

32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-861-3574
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“small garden” (8 reviews)
“fairy tale” (6 reviews)
“green moss” (5 reviews)
32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-3574
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

It's a small garden, you see all of it once entered. What makes it unique is the moss. We were here during autumn foliage and saw no leaves on the ground surprisingly. Very well kept garden, manicured moss lawn. Sun rays on the moss through...More

2  Thank endis
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

So calm and peaceful, the leaves during the fall season are spectacular! The entrance fee is 300 yen but it was so worth it just for the landscaping. There are a few tourists but it wasn't packed like the bamboo Grove or other parts of...More

1  Thank Allyson S
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This temple is at the end of bamboo path so it quite long way to go but absolutely worth visiting as on the way to the temple you can find nice surroundings, shops, restaurants and passage. Not so many people know this place so not...More

1  Thank LNKHN
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

The yard of the temple is covered with many moss. It’s very cute! If you like moss, I recommend this temple. Additionally, you can listen beautiful sounds made by Suikinkutsu.

1  Thank 536mamia
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Gio-ji is not big, not easy to find, and can be seen in a short time. On the other hand it means that there aren't many others there, and you can take your time enjoying the moss garden and tiny building. The emerald green moss...More

1  Thank Veslemøy H
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We were dealing with massive crowds both international tourists and local tourists with Golden Week during our visit in Arashiyama, it was to the point where you couldn't move in the bamboo park without bumping to anyway so to veer off and discover this gem...More

1  Thank Nadira158
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This temple is a bit out of the way, requiring a 20+ minute walk from Tenryu-ji Temple. Yes, it is quiet and untouristed. It is also hard to find as no signs show the way. We used Google Maps and was routed to the back...More

2  Thank TravelingFinches07
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Gio-ji temple is an off the beaten path kind of place that most of the busy tourists crowds will overlook. It is accessible by foot after only a 20 minute walk from Saga Arashiyama station, though it took us a little while longer to find...More

1  Thank ShadowBijou
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...More

1  Thank ArlettaC
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...More

1  Thank Romangirl79
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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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19 August 2017|
Response from ShadowBijou | Reviewed this property |
You don't need to book tickets in advance to come here, you just show up and pay in person at the entrance gate.