gioji temple  

A Shingon sect temple appearing in Heike Monogatari (Tale of the Heike). Gio was in love with Taira-no-Kiyomori a chieftain of the Taira (Heike) family. Spurned by him Gio and her sister Ginyo devoted their lives to Buddha here. The principal image is of Dainichi Nyorai the supreme being in Esoteric Buddhism and the deification of sunlight. Also found here are wooden statues of Taira-no-Kiyomori Gio Ginyo and others. The stone gorin-to (stupa of 5 elements representing earth water fire wind air) is said to be the grave of Taira-no-Kiyomori. Gio and Ginyo are enshrined at the hokyo-in. This is the stone pagoda with ear-shaped projections from the corners of the roof. The temple is famous for its autumn leaves. Rebuilt in 1895.

Access City Bus/Kyoto Bus: Saga-Shakadomae stop - walk 15 min.
Parking Free parking: 6 cars
Handicap Not possible
Open Time 9:00 - 17:00
Required Time about 20 minute(s)
Holiday Closed New Year's Day
Note Last admissions at 16:30
Charge 300 yen - 100 yen; groups (30+) 250 yen - 100 yen; disabled people 100 yen





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