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Gio-ji Temple Garden in Arashiyama Kyoto/ In recent years the temple was left unattended and fell in disrepair until an enterprising nun Chishoni moved in and tidied the grounds. Chishoni had been a geisha before taking the vows as a nun. Giyo-ji is a small hermitage now, and its main feature is its moss garden. A small stream crosses through the garden, allowing different types of moss to grow. The garden is surrounded by a path. On the northern side, there is a bamboo grove nicely integrated in the composition of the garden as a whole. Giyo-ji is one of the best moss gardens in Kyoto, after the more famous Koke-dera.
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Gio-ji Temple Garden in Arashiyama Kyoto/  In recent years the temple was left unattended and fell in disrepair until an enterprising nun Chishoni moved in and tidied the grounds. Chishoni had been a geisha before taking the vows as a nun. Giyo-ji is a small hermitage now, and its main feature is its moss garden. A small stream crosses through the garden, allowing different types of moss to grow.  The garden is surrounded by a path.  On the northern side, there is a bamboo grove nicely integrated in the composition of the garden as a whole.  Giyo-ji is one of the best moss gardens in Kyoto, after the more famous Koke-dera.