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32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this temple and the gardens. The moss was just amazing and so beautiful. As it was lightly snowing, it added to the atmosphere. The story around Gio and her family was also beautiful, as were the tombstones. I would recommend a visit to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

Not sure why but there where so much less people there than all the other temple I went to. Rally quiet and beautiful

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wanderwolke
Reviewed 5 December 2018

This is not a large temple, but if you slow down and breathe, it'll fill you up. Try counting how many different greens there are, or just how this place calms even the most frayed traveller's nerves.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KatharineCoeur
Reviewed 28 November 2018

This is around 20 minutes on foot from the Bamboo walk. Not as visited as many other sites this is a lovely secluded haven. It is known for its moss garden and the vista is very intimate and different from any other gardens in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 7 November 2018

A beautifully preserved monument of Japanese architecture and history. Major changes to Japanese history occurred in this building when the 15th Shogun in the 19th century returned all powers to the Emperor.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank barryandtoni
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Pictures cannot do this place justice. Though I'd done a lot of research prior to our trip, I never suspected that this place would end up being one of my top highlights. Located near the top of a winding road, this place is a bit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _AliCar3_
Reviewed 7 October 2018

A nice little temple in the hills. We went cycling, which was a bit hard, going up hill constantly. It was worth it tough and the ride back was very fast, since it was all down hill from there!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jon_Ju1234
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The Gio-ji Temple - has a sublime bamboo forest, and moss garden, and tiny temple I meditated in for an hour. Breath-taking. A must.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank peter r
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Been all over Kyoto for 2 weeks and seen pretty much all the temples and gardens, big and small. And?? This was the most enchanting of them all! A forest of emerald green; it felt like a haven for gnomes and pixies.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Silk_Zither
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Ive been here in April , it’s famous for the maple but it’s very beautiful in spring as well , the green land is breath taking, definitely should visit here in April.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 蔡 R
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You don't need to book tickets in advance to come here, you just show up and pay in person at the entrance gate.
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