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“Not worth the walk out of the way” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gio-ji Temple

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Akashi, Japan
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“Not worth the walk out of the way”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

I felt like this temple wasn't worth it's out of the way location. The trees and moss were great but because its not close to many other sites worth seeing I'd skip this one if you don't have a lot of extra time.

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“inspiring garden. A staple of japanese garden. Very low key temple.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

Glad I went, to the garden, I mean. A special ecosystem, with all that moss. WOuld have liked to stay longer, just reading, mediting. Peace, perfect aesthetics.
I travelled to Japan for that kind of scenery.
Temple is not my thing.
Very close to Arashiyama bamboo forest, to see the two on same trip.

Visited October 2012
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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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“Beautiful moss”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

It's a small temple, I don't really think it's functioning as such. The garden is compact but provides a lot of greens and the special feature is the moss.

Visited May 2012
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London, UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

There are so many temples and other sights to see across Kyoto, and choosing the best is not easy. Without doubt the best are reserved for those willing to walk. I recommend that you visit the Japan National Tourism Organisation website at www.jnto.go.jp and download PDF PG-503 – “Kyoto Walks”. We followed two of these recommended walks and they were an excellent way to see the main shrines and temples of major interest.

In Arashiyama we visited the temples of Seiryoji, Tenryuji (a World Heritage site and Gioji. We also visited the Okoshi Sanso Garden
Gioji Temple was recommended in Lonely Planet as a place of interest for its seclusion and tranqility. It is located at the end of a long line of other temples, not very easy to find, and probably not worth the effort if you are on a time constrained vacation. There are better temples and shrines within the area. Very small and compact. May be more impressive if you are alone and can feel the tranquility, but amongst other tourists probably not worth the walk.

Depending upon where you start, I would recommend traveling to Arashiyama on the private Keifuku Railway, which takes you to Arashiyama in the heart of the temples complex. We picked up this line from the end of the Tozai subway line at Uzumasa which connect directly to the Randen-Tenjingawa station for the Keifuku Railway.
A few words of caution. You are expected to remove your shoes before entering the temples – slips on make it much easier. Chairs generally are not provided even for those who are less flexible than most. These may be religious places, but they are also run to make money. Generally on top of the initial admission charge, anything deemed of particular or extra interest attracts an additional charge. The entrance fees plus top up charges can become very significant – these are not low cost places to visit. Clearly as visitors we all want to support the cost of upkeep of these historic monuments – but it does also feel like a money making machine.

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful Mossy Garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

This is the smallest temple I have ever been to. There are not many things to see, but after a long walk around Arashiyama, it is a good idea to take a rest here, viewing its beautiful mossy garden. I heard the tragedy about Gio and Hotoke-gozen in the temple and it was pretty touching.

Visited September 2011
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