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Gio-ji Temple

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Address: 32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Quite a different temple and garden

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank ZN9999
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 week ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Instead of the more complicated visit to Kokedera, this was a lovely and easy stop after riding the Sagano Scenic Train and walking for 20 minutes. Lush beautiful moss landscape in a tranquil setting with many fewer people than sites in central Arashiyama.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Love this kind of places, its small, out of the way, not many tourists. The atmosphere is amazing. Beautiful moss garden with a tiny creek running through it, bamboo forest on one end, and a small old style temple. The place really takes you to a different time. It was my highlight of Arashiyama.

Thank Kamil Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's a bit of a trek, but worth every step! We went on an overcast day and the green of the moss really popped - almost surreal! Very peaceful and pretty.

Thank Carolyn M

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