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Tofukuji Temple

15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0981, Japan
+81 75-561-0087
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Ranked #15 of 371 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens
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Jerusalem, Israel
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This temple gets much less attention than the Fujimi Inari shrine (as one can see by the small fraction of its reviews here ) but definitely worth visiting. It is only a 15-20 minute walk or one train stop from the Fujimi Inari so worth making a visit if one is in the area. While not as spectacular , it... More

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Cairns, Australia
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176 reviews 176 reviews
112 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a large zen temple just south of Kyoto and not far from Tofukuji JR station and dates back to 1236 when it was founded by the Fujiwara clan. Easy to find by following the signs along the road once you leave the railway station. The Tsutenkyo Bridge is famous especially in autumn for the valley is full of... More

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Rehovot, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The garden of the Hojo is one of the most serene gardens that I have ever seen. Actually seen is not the right word to use as the peace and harmony in the garden are felt in all senses. Take your shoes off at the entrance and pay the entrance fee - well earned. Well worth the visit!

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Karuizawa-machi, Japan
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A little off the beaten track, nice bridge to the complex and interesting designs that mix modern with traditional

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Murcia, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The bridge entering the temple over a forest of trees and the view of the San-Mon gate was delightful. A film directors paradise as so many places to use as centre pieces for pictures.

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West Yorkshire
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

i was a little disappointed that you had to keep paying to go to 3 different gardens in this temple making it the most expensive temple we visited in the whole of Kyoto. The moss garden was burnt to a crisp and was not very nice to look at. The garden which goes across the wooden bridge is lovely and... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is one of the best "small" temples in Kyoto. Unlike the bustling crowds of Kinkakuji or Kiyomizudera, if you come here on a week day you might share the grounds with less than 20 people. You actually get the full "peaceful" experience here, especially at the branch temple at the top of the stairs after you cross the bridge,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a walk to the site rather than train it. A couple of massive buildings impress and a walk around the paths with the lovely trees is very relaxing. However, did feel that I did not need to spend much time here.

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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The pagoda is beautiful; the temple itself is a marvel of architecture Lots of deer,very tame wander on the grounds. Lots of opportunity for the photographer

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Our travel agent, Nancy Craft of Esprit travel, clued us in to the wonderful wooden covered bridge to the left as you are facing the temple entrance. It has great views of the whole site and over the gorge. Beautiful in the early morning before almost anyone else is there.

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