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Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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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.
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  • This temple was on route through Bamboo Forest Lovely gardens and Temples. Not as busy as other Temples we visited 
    This temple was on route through Bamboo Forest Lovely gardens and Temples. Not as busy as other Temples we visited  more »
  • I have seen the Tsuten-kyo Bridge for countless times in the end-title roll of the samurai drama, Oniheihankacho. Knowing the bridge was always crowded, I have hesitated to visit it especially when.....  more
    I have seen the Tsuten-kyo Bridge for countless times in the end-title roll of the samurai drama, Oniheihankacho. Knowing the bridge was always crowded, I have hesitated to visit it especially when.....  more »
  • Amazing Zen garden by Mirei Shigemori! It's a big temple complex. With several sub temples and Zen gardens. And many of the Zen garden were design by one of the greatest Japanese garden designer... 
    Amazing Zen garden by Mirei Shigemori! It's a big temple complex. With several sub temples and Zen gardens. And many of the Zen garden were design by one of the greatest Japanese garden designer...  more »
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  • Old zen temple. ¥500 for entrance to Zen garden was nice. Given the size of the area if you incl the bridge scene there's some grand feel to the north west side view. Another ¥500 if you want to go on the bridge (saved this for our next trips to Kyoto). Probably an overall 4.5
  • 🍁Autumn leaves are beautiful. It cost ¥1000 to enter the area with the red momiji but it is entirely worth it. There are other areas such as the temple itself but they also cost a few hundred yen to enter so I didn’t bother. It was fairly crowded during peak foliage season in the weekend, but entirely manageable. There was enough space that people don’t end up touching / piling up. Memorable experience.
  • Amazing temple with a variety of views and things to see. Beautifully maintained. I’ve heard it’s even more beautiful in the fall with the colors (but really crowded). We went in the middle of summer and it was great then.
  • one of the best places to enjoy autumn foliage in Kyoto. there’s usually a crowd especially during the foliage season. afternoon light around 4 pm was beautifully reflected on the antique wooden bridge.
  • Tofukuji Temple is a Zen temple with a long history, founded in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The garden in one corner of the temple is unusual. The small garden is a space in which the universe is expressed, and green moss and stones are combined to create a checkerboard pattern, which looks very modern.

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