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32 Kosaka-cho, Sagatoriimoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-3574
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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.

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.

Thank 蔡 R
Reviewed 3 June 2018

This is a small sub-temple affiliated with the larger Daikaku-ji Temple. The admission fee is 300 Yen, but you can purchase a slightly discounted combined entry ticket for both the Gio-ji and Daikaku-ji temples. The garden here is an excellent example of a Zen moss...More

Thank Jeffrey D
Reviewed 28 May 2018

There is an entry fee of 300 JPY to this moss temple. It is true that it is less touristy compared to other temples, but the moss garden here is not that special and the size of the temple is extremely small for 300 JPY...More

Thank Prapol K
Reviewed 2 May 2018

The moss garden at Gio-ji is breathtaking and well worth the visit to Arashiyama, on the outskirts of Kyoto. You can also visit the Bamboo Grove while in Arashiyama - it is a few blocks away.

Thank skimhop
Reviewed 25 April 2018

we were advised to visit here and its certainly off the immediate track and less tourists. A nice walk on the way but the complex is small although surrounded by Bamboo forests and houses. Beautiful calming green and moss. A small temple complex you can...More

Thank Ashley I
Reviewed 12 March 2018

The "other" moss garden in Kyoto. The most famous one is Koke-dera but to gain access there is pricey and visitors are required to apply weeks in advance, attend a lecture and trace sutras, and pay quite a bit to gain access. Sure, it keeps...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 29 November 2017

It's a small garden, you see all of it once entered. What makes it unique is the moss. We were here during autumn foliage and saw no leaves on the ground surprisingly. Very well kept garden, manicured moss lawn. Sun rays on the moss through...More

2  Thank endis
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

So calm and peaceful, the leaves during the fall season are spectacular! The entrance fee is 300 yen but it was so worth it just for the landscaping. There are a few tourists but it wasn't packed like the bamboo Grove or other parts of...More

2  Thank Allyson S
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This temple is at the end of bamboo path so it quite long way to go but absolutely worth visiting as on the way to the temple you can find nice surroundings, shops, restaurants and passage. Not so many people know this place so not...More

1  Thank LNKHN
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lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
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19 August 2017|
Response from ShadowBijou | Reviewed this property |
You don't need to book tickets in advance to come here, you just show up and pay in person at the entrance gate.