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Tofukuji Temple

15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0087
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
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Ranked #17 of 399 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 509 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Tokyo, Japan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

When I visited Tofukuji autumn this year, the timing was perfect. The leaves were so red, that it looked like red clouds from Tsutenkyo bridge. I arrived early, before 9AM, but there were already so many people inside. I had to wait for around 15 mins. before I got to the front to get to the best view from Tsutenkyo... More 

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La Mesa, CA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Tofuku-ji Temple is one of the go to places for leaf peepers visiting Kyoto in the fall. Despite a huge herd of people they do a decent job of making things reasonably bearable. The view from the two bridges is not to be missed, take an extension pole for your camera to shoot above the heads of the rest of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is a beautiful temple but it is too crowded in autumun and it is difficult to park a car. No atmosphere anymore there.

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Hong Kong, China
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176 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Just one stop away from kyoto or inari JR station, this temple is popular especially during the autumn time because of the amazing red leaves which filled the whole site! It was flooded with people the day I went but it was worth it!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Tofukuji is oldest and largest temple in Kyoto, while the super big Sanmon gate is the oldest in Japan. The entrance gate is not the Sanmon gate. Sanmon stood nearly at the center of the view from the entrance, shaped more like a temple than a gate, with massive wooden pillars. You can take the stairs to the second story... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Tofukuji is only 1 stop away from Kyoto JR station, not only it was easy to access but the red autumn leaves are really beautiful at this temple! I was totally (and everyone else) in awe, and thinking this is as red as it can get. It was crowded but still manageable and people move along once they are done... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This is perhaps the most famous autumn spot in Kyoto, and maybe all of Japan. The bridge over the ravine filled with red, orange, and yellow is packed with visitors every year during the autumn months. If you go, be prepared for the crowded, but this is why everyone comes to Kyoto in the fall. The pictures are absolutely stunning,... More 

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longvilliers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The exceptional colors of mapple trees, a number of nuances from yellow, golden, light red, dark red, rendering the nature on top of its beauty. But very crowded....

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Taipei
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We visit this place during autumn leave season (koyo), although it is crowded with tourists and local, the scenery is like a dream. I will rate this place as the top 5 sight-seeing place in Kyoto.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The most beautiful temple I've visited and it is really large. I actually liked it more than Kiyomizu-dera but it is just my opinion.

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