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Sometimes the bend of a path, away from the tourist sites in Japan, it is possible to arrive in fairytale place. Japan is a country of beautiful mountains covered with abundant greenery.

Giyou-ji temple in Kyoto's lovely Sagano district has a small moss garden. Surrounded by dense trees, it is a very quiet and relaxed place. In autumn, when the leaves change, it is especially beautiful.  The temple is also mentioned in the Japanese classic Heike Monogatari (Tale of the Heike). The dancer Gio retreated to this temple after a powerful leader of the Taira-clan ended the relationship with her.  Giyou-ji is located in the north-west district of Arashiyama in Kyoto.

Giyou-ji temple in Kyoto's lovely Sagano district has a small moss garden…

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Temple Entry, Japan photo via amy. Hard to believe the same nation that perpetuated the rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March, also gives us rock gardens and some of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.

Garden by de lo, via Behance

Garden by de lo, via Behance

Moss garden, Kyoto

Green: Moss garden and Jizo (stone statue), Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan

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