Tofuku-ji Temple, Higashiyama

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Serene and ornate, Tofuku-ji Temple operates as a traditional Zen Buddhist shrine. Erected in 1236, the temple was accurately restored in the 15th century after a devastating fire destroyed much of its structure. The temple boasts a Japanese national treasure, an imposing two-storied gate considered one of the most beautiful examples of Buddhist temple gates. Look for the temple's intricate woodwork and extensive gardens, each of which is landscaped differently to symbolize images and themes in Zen Buddhism. To visit Tofuku-ji Temple on your holiday in Kyoto, and find out what else Kyoto has to offer, use our Kyoto visit planner.
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  • I used to come in spring and summer, but I was able to come at the time of autumn leaves for the first time. It is very beautiful, and the photograph shines!
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  • Nightingale (musically creaky on purpose) floors. You have to remove your shoes to visit this. Famous zen-type garden. We saw this with a guide who explained much of the symbolism, which made it even ...  more »
  • There are various trees in spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and the autumn leaves are wonderful especially in winter. There are many things to see in the temple, and I think that it is not enough no matter how much time.
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  • The red leaf is amazing here. You should not miss it at all. The only issue that I have for this place is it is so crowded. So many people came here. This is a proof of how beautiful it is. I would recommend arriving there in early morning and get in as the first waves. Go straight to the bridge and enjoy the view. Then walk back to pick up views that you missed on the way. There is nothing in the office garden. Unless you are interested in cultural elements. Don’t go in there if you looking for views only.
  • Amazing place for the Kyoto tourists! It's located at just one stoppage far from Kyoto station. We visited the temple during the peak Momiji period. We had got the opportunity to enjoy the red leaves at fullest. There are lot of photogenic view inside the temple. A must visit spot!
  • One of the numerous beautiful temple complexes in Kyoto. Reachable by train or also feet from Kyoto station. Lies on a hill and offers besides some central temples also restricted areas where additional tickets are needed. That makes it quite expensive, if you want to see the whole complex.
  • It is said that this temple is the best place for autumn color foliage in Kyoto. It is really a good place for koyou, but many others are as well. I came early before the opening time and there was quite a queue in front of me. Later I found out that there is no need to come so early. If one comes 15 minutes after the opening time it will be perfectly fine. The garden is huge. Don't miss the sanmon gate, the oldest wooden gate in Japan.
  • Beautiful during autumn. The red leaves look beautiful against the white coloured buildings. Very crowded in autumn.
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