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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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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

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This was my favorite temple in Kyoto. The gardens were absolutely stunning. Many aspects of Japanese gardens are present here and the atmosphere is heavenly. It was nice to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This was my favorite temple in Kyoto. The gardens were absolutely stunning. Many aspects of Japanese gardens are present here and the atmosphere is heavenly. It was nice to get away from the crowds and just stroll through gorgeous scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This place was gorgeous! The architecture was magnificent, and the gardens were peaceful and relaxing. You could easily spend an hour at each garden. Both were lovely, but the moss garden was my favorite. The best part was that it was practically empty! We were there at peak cherry blossom time - every place else was mobbed. But there were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Not only is this temple beautiful, it houses four very distinctive gardens which use a combination of rck, gravel, moss and plants. If you love gardens put this one on you list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Though Tofukuji Temple is known as one of 5 great Zen temples of Kyoto, it is not very crowded and not many people visit the temple. Situated in a quiet neighbourhood, it doesn't get the recognition it rightly deserves as the crowds somehow stay away. Then again, it makes it a more peaceful place to visit when there are no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely beautifully maintained temples & the enormity of the buildings was impressive. Walking the grounds was free but there were two separate ¥400 fees to pay to see the inner temples which was somewhat worth it. If you walk from the train station make sure to go through the neighborhood along the northern of the temple as there are three... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Not very known, in a nice, quiet and traditional neighborhood. La grandeur.... Only locals visiting while we were there.....so very nice

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The colors are magnificent, but be aware, that if a densely crowded area is bothersome, you may want to stay away. the view from either bridge is a riot of reds and orange. for a very different perspective it is well worth paying the extra fee to see the Hojo.some of the the gardens there are modern-past ww2

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The temple and gardens are large and very beautiful. One of the best sites in Kyoto for Autumn. It is also a good place if you want to try Zen mediation - they have a very welcoming open session early on Sunday mornings. It is worth reading online to get some idea of what to expect as explanation is only... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Beautiful and peaceful temple. There's much less people than other place(like Kinkakuji temple) Very huge and lots of beautiful buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I'm not the review type of person but for this place I'll gladly make an exception. Wow did I not expect this. Decided on the spot that I was going to see this place after the fushimi hike (using the 'Near me now' function of tripadvisor app). So glad that I did that. Apart from the lovely stroll from fushimi... More 

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