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Gio-ji Temple

32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-861-3574
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“moss garden” (30 reviews)
“small garden” (7 reviews)
“fairy tale” (6 reviews)
32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-3574
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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...More

Thank brad W
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....More

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Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank lajollatravels
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...

Thank Bernice L
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...More

Thank warren D
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...More

Thank lady5000
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.

Thank Matt S
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...More

Thank Kamil Z
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
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I had heard about the moss garden at this Temple from a blog, Inside Kyoto. It was one of the recommended gardens, and it was so worth the trip. It is definitely off the beaten path, which adds to its charm. It's a pocket garden,...More

Thank gslaughter
Western Kyoto
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.