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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0087
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Kyoto's largest temple

I saw the covered walkways on TV, so had to go. The most famous one leads over a bridge (Tsūtenkyō) and up some steps to a stone garden. The bridge is famous for maple... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The best views of this temple are in autum. We went in summer and the views were not so much impessive. Nice halls and wood corridors and 2 rock gardens.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

There are 2 sections to visit in this temple. Both at 400 yen. They are very different. One a traditional zen garden experience to all aspects of the temple. The other a lush garden complete with a plethora of Japanese Maple and other plants. A stream running through this section. We were enjoying a day of temple hopping, so to... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I saw the covered walkways on TV, so had to go. The most famous one leads over a bridge (Tsūtenkyō) and up some steps to a stone garden. The bridge is famous for maple viewing—green maple viewing at this time of year. Getting there involves taking the city bus for Fushimi Inari and getting off at the Tofukuji stop (on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

While this temple is a favorite among Japanese during autumn when its fall leaves are truly amazing, this temple is less frequented by international travelers. And that is great. This huge zen temple, built on a hillside with its stone, moss and forested gardens offers multiple respites from the tourists throngs. However, during the autumn leaves season, this temple is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We've seen a ton of temples but this one is evidently one of the most famous zen gardens around. If you are travelling with Canadian teenagers this will hold their interest for about half an hour max. It is an interesting place and very famous if you like rock gardens. You will probably recognize the garden when you see it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Tofukuji was combined name between Todaiji and Kofukuji Temple in Nara. This temple founded in 1236 at the powerful of Fujiwara clan. Tofukuji Temple has four gardens. They' re The Southern,The Eastern,The Western & The Northern. Admission to enjoy those garden ¥400. Visitor will get a free postcard. The shoes should put it off to enter the gardens. The momoji... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

With so many other temples to visit in Kyoto this wasn't very memorable for me. I wouldn't put it on my recommends for people to visit while in Kyoto but if you must see everything while here I guess you can add it to your list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I visited Tofukuji temple in May, which is not autumn, when the red "momiji" leaves are all around. it is still a gorgeous temple and because of the quietness, I could throughoutly enjoyed the views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This temple was literally built on the side of a hill! As a result, it has massive stilts supporting it! It has an amazing view of the tree tops and hills! Don't forget to visit the mini shrine on the premises with a local figure you rub for good luck! Also the temple purification site a the bottom of shrine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Oh loved the peace! And at least on a cloudy day not too many tourists! I bought the tickets to the small sand garden and the other side of the temple area over the bridge, would recommend to anybody! Also as a hint just a small walk from the inari shrine!

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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0087
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Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.