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Full of greenery temple with moss garden makes you relaxed

Gio-ji Temple

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Gio-ji Temple
The garden of Giou-ji Temple is known as the place where is enjoyed for fallen leaves with the brilliant green moss. Inside the temple looks greener by the sunlight filtering through the trees mainly in spring and summer. The temple is comparatively new among the temples in Japan and was established at the early Taisho period (1912 - 1926) in order to enshrine Gio. She was a dancer and loved by the military leader of the late Heian period, Taira no Kiyomori. However, she left for the Sagano area...more and lived with her mother and her young sister after being spurned by Taira no Kiyomori in love another dancer, Hotoke Gozen. So the temple is also known as the tragic love nunnery. This tragedy became the tale of Heike. Since it is translated in English, Please check it out for details if you like.

If you are really interested in the moss garden, please try to stop on the way of strolling around the Sagano area.
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The premise of the Giou-ji Temple is not that large and you can stroll easily, but the moss garden is so amazing that you would like to spend your time as much as you can! Unrealistic atmosphere enrapture the heart of visitors. As it is located in the halfway of the Sagano area, it is one of the best temple you visit easily!
Moss garden
Must See !
Moss garden
It would be far more incredible than you could expect!
It looks like a fluffy moss carpet and is changed the scenery according to the angle.
Mainly the moss of Japanese cider is grown and maple trees are planted. When the petals of maple are fallen down on the moss, a staff of the temple won’t sweep away them in order to enjoy the petals that look like a red carpet.
Must See !
Hokyoin-To (pagota)
the grave on the left side is of Gio,
the other is the pagoda for Taira no Kiyomori.
Both of them are established in Kamakura period (1185-1333)
Why not pray for them so that both would be able to get together forever in the heaven?
Must Do !
Yoshino mado (window)
The round window is called Yoshino-mado in technical Japanese architecture word.
Wonderfully, when a Shoji (Japanese slide door ) of the window is closed, the rainbow color will pop up in the Shoji by the reflection of the sunlight.
Checkered patters are made with bamboos in the site.
Please peep the green scenery through the window!
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Please do not enter the moss garden
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Gio-ji Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-861-3574
Address 32 Kozakacho, Sagatoriimoto, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8435
Directions 20-minute walk from Keifuku Line Arashiyama Stn.
20-minute walk from Sagano Line Saga-arashiyama Stn.
Hours 9am - 5pm (Admission ends at 4:30pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday (TBA if the temple is closed)
Fee Adult ¥300
Child (Primary,junior high school and high school students) ¥100
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The English brochure is available at the entrance.
Information Japanese, English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Gio-ji Temple +81 75-861-3574 Adult ¥300 Child (Primary,junior high school and high school students) ¥100 -1/3

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