Gio-ji Temple Garden was originally a Buddhist nunnery. An enterprising nun 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.