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Giō-ji Temple

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4.5 (2016)

32 Sagatoriimoto Kozakachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8435, Japan

Quaint Buddhist place of worship known for its picturesque moss garden, bamboo grove & maple trees.

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phone+81 75-861-3574
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clockOpening hours

Mondays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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T Tangkoskul 3 months ago

Tranquil, beautiful little temple, especially in autumn. Great place to avoid the crowds. This temple is one of the hidden gems in Arashiyama that not too tourists visit. It's was actually a nanery dated back since the 12th century. It was named after "Gio", A dancer who fell out of favour with a powerful lord and escaped the capital to be come a nan. Although it is small, the garden is packed with mossy green ground and maple tree and located on a slope of a mountain. You will only need 15 mins to walk around the temple, but it may take longer if you want to sit and soak in the atmosphere. The ticket cost 300 JPY. Note : We visited in November, and there was Saga Chrysanthemum flower on display. This brush like petels flower has been exclusively cultivated in Daikakuji Temple, so it was rarely seen.

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Helen Yu (Chestnut Journal) 3 months ago

A very small temple with a beautiful background story of an unrequited love. The scenery differs somewhat from the other temples in that it features dense thickets of moss on its grounds. The thatched roof is also unique. It is particularly worth a visit if you take a walk from the Otagi Nenbutsu north of Arashiyama back to Arashiyama. It takes just about ten minutes for the sake of photo taking.

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Fifo 4 months ago

A real pearl among all the other overcrowded sights in kyoto. The temple is one of the most beautiful, that we visited. Located in a magnificent moss garden. You will definitely get your calming and relaxing experience here.

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Wisanu Tuntawiroon 4 months ago

Title: A Glimpse of Tranquility: Giōji Temple and Its Enchanting Moss Garden Rating: ★★★★☆ Located in the picturesque Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Giōji Temple is a hidden gem that exudes an air of serenity and beauty. This quaint Buddhist temple, with its moss-covered garden, offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. Upon entering Giōji Temple, one is immediately enveloped in a sense of tranquility. The temple's charming wooden structures and peaceful ambiance transport visitors to a bygone era, providing solace from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The absence of crowds often found at more popular tourist sites allows for a more intimate and personal exploration of the temple grounds. The highlight of Giōji Temple is undoubtedly its mesmerizing moss garden. Stepping into this lush green sanctuary feels like entering a mystical realm. The meticulously manicured moss creates a carpet-like texture that covers everything in sight, from statues to pathways, adding a touch of enchantment to the overall atmosphere. The interplay of light and shadow through the dense foliage casts an ethereal glow, further enhancing the garden's magical allure. As you wander through Giōji Temple's moss garden, the serene sound of trickling water from a small Zen fountain provides a soothing backdrop. The garden's simplicity and harmony embody the principles of Zen Buddhism, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in a state of mindfulness and reflection. Taking a moment to sit on one of the stone benches scattered throughout the garden, one can truly appreciate the beauty and stillness that surrounds them. Apart from the impressive moss garden, Giōji Temple also houses several unique structures, such as the Main Hall and Noh Theater. These architectural wonders offer a glimpse into the rich history and cultural heritage of Japan, adding depth to the overall experience. Additionally, Giōji Temple's resident monks are often available to answer questions and provide valuable insights about the temple's significance, making the visit even more meaningful. Although Giōji Temple might not be as widely known as other attractions in Kyoto, its charm lies precisely in its understated nature. The peaceful atmosphere and exquisite beauty of the moss garden make it a must-see destination for those seeking solace, tranquility, and an immersive encounter with nature. In conclusion, Giōji Temple is a hidden oasis in Kyoto, presenting visitors with a unique and enchanting experience. Its quaint Buddhist architecture, coupled with the mesmerizing moss garden, creates an atmosphere of serenity that rejuvenates the soul. For those looking to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature, a visit to Giōji Temple is an absolute must. Note: While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, please verify specific details such as opening hours and admission fees before planning your visit.

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kerem ozan bayraktar 5 months ago

The garden features diverse moss varieties and is small yet intricately designed. It's not overrun with visitors.