Giou-ji Temple

Yoshino-mado and moss garden

Giou-ji Temple,the "convent of tragic love" of the Tale of the Heike

Giou-ji Temple is a modest thatched hut surrounded by a bamboo grove and maple trees which appeared in "The Tale of the Heike", known as the convent of tragic love to which the dancer Gio fled from their home in the capital with her mother and younger sister to become nuns when Gio fell out of favor with Taira no Kiyomori.
Giou-ji Temple is located in the temple precincts of the former Oujyo-in Temple and is said to have been founded by Honen Shonin's disciple Ryochin. The spacious temple grounds of Oujyo-in Temple, which ranged up and down the mountain, later fell into dilapidation, and only the modest convent remained, which later came to be known as Giou-ji Temple.

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Giou-ji Temple
32 Kozakacho, Sagatoriimoto, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8435

Admission fees: Adult300 yen ; Child (Primary,junior high school and high school students) 100 yen Admission times: 9:00-17:00 (Admission ends at16:30)

Daikaku-ji Temple and Giou-ji Temple Shared Admission Ticket

Daikaku-ji Temple + Giou-ji Temple 800yen → 600yen

* Regular admission to Daikaku-ji Temple is 500yen and to Giou-ji Temple is 300yen for a total of 800yen,
shared admission to both temples with this ticket is only 600 yen.

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Daikaku-ji Temple

Daikaku-ji is one of the very old temples among many in Kyoto.The origin of the temple was Emperor Saga’s Imperial Villa (Saga Rikyu-in) established on this site in the early Heian period, about 1,200 years ago. Emperor Saga, whose father was Emperor Kanmu who transferred the capital to Heiankyo, virtually accomplished the Heiankyo capital and established the basis of the Heian culture because of his great interestin culture and the arts. The official name of the temple is Kyu Saga Gosho Daikaku-ji Monzeki (the Old Saga Imperial Palace Daikaku-ji Temple), which belongs to the Shingon Buddhism sect founded by Kobo-Daishi Kukai. The head priests of the distinguished monzeki temple were from the imperial family. Successive emperors and persons of imperial linage assumed the position of chief priest, and the first among them was Prince Gojaku, the grandson of Emperor Saga.The chief priest of Daikaku-ji is called “Monzeki-san”.


*It is an approximately 25 minute walk between Giou-ji Temple and Daikaku-ji Temple.

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