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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 5 weeks ago 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

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

Thank Nadira158
Reviewed 2 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

1  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

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

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 2 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

Thank Romangirl79
Reviewed 22 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...More

3  Thank MiaFaithOz
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.

Thank ZN9999
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

1  Thank 101Trips
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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