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Giouji Temple (祇王寺)

A Shingon Daikaku-ji Buddhist temple located in Ukyo Ward in Kyoto City. Known as the “Covenant of Blighted Love,” it even appears in the ancient epic, The Tale of the Heike. Legend has it that Gio, a dancing girl who lost the love of military leader Taira no Kiyomori to a woman named Hotoke-gozen, joined this temple as a nun together with her mother and younger sister. Thereafter, Hotoke-gozen was also welcomed into the temple, and the four quietly spent their remaining years here. The Soan, a thatched hut, houses the temple’s principle object of worship, a figure of Vairocana, as well as wooden figures of Taira no Kiyomori, Gio, her younger sister Ginyo, her mother Toji, and Hotoke-gozen. The Hokyoin-to is said to mark the graves of Gio and Ginyo. The Yoshino Window in an anteroom of the Soan is famous for casting a rainbow colored image.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatorimotokozakachou 32 (Ayashiyama / SaganoArea)

phone 0758613574

9:00-17:00(16:30Information desk closed)

Review of Gio-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/01/18 Stunning gardens and peaceful atmosphere
Just beautiful. So we went here. If you love gardens you will really appreciate this temple. We went in mid December and there were still lots of autumn leaves.
Reviewed:2020/01/06 Beautiful moss
Gio-ji is an old temple in Sagano area. The name of temple comes from a lover of Tairano Kiyomori, a ruler in Heian Period. She was later discarded by him, and passed a retired life in this place...
Reviewed:2019/12/08 Best autumn pic
Small yet really really beautiful in autumn. The autumn leaves against green moss was worth the ticket price. Less crowded and more able to enjoy the feel of temple and autumn. Worth to drop by if u...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagatorimotokozakachou 32 [map]
Ayashiyama / SaganoArea
9:00-17:00(16:30Information desk closed)
New Year's Day
[Admission fee to worship]Adults300yen, Children100yen
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Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of May 5, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.