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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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Also nice in summer

The temple is famous for autumn foliage as there is a lovely garden full of Momiji (japanese maple tree). The temple itself is free admission but you have to pay 400¥ to enter the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The temple is famous for autumn foliage as there is a lovely garden full of Momiji (japanese maple tree). The temple itself is free admission but you have to pay 400¥ to enter the garden. After visiting the temple once in autumn, I came back again in summer and actually prefer Tofukuji in summertime. It's less crowded and very very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I went in the afternoon, to both gardens. There were no directions from the station. Fortunately came across two english speaking tourists and followed them to the temple. It is so peaceful in there and easy to lose track of time. For maximum effect, go alone. Stayed at the hojo's zen garden until it was time to politely kick the... More 

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Istanbul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is truly a wonderful place to visit. Excellent Temple, excellent environment. Worth visiting. Truly fascinating.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Another old temple and grounds with stunning zen gardens. Simply must not miss while in Kyoto. All easily accessible with public transport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The Zen garden in this temple is amazing. But simply looking at the Gate gives one a feeling of real peace. A special place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Tofukuji Temple is 10 mins walk from JR Tofukuji station. The temple has amazing garden which costs 400 Yen per person. The Zen garden is nice.It is a peaceful place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This was my favorite temple in Kyoto. The gardens were so tranquil and green with many nice bridges. Also, it was hardly crowded and there were many nice temples nearby to see!

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Granite Bay, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We paid 800 yen to go to both garden attractions at this temple. We went first to the garden with the bridge and the large checkerboard dry garden. This garden is much more popular in the fall, but we were glad we went. The maples were just leafing out and were bright green. We were a group of 7 and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Another beautiful temple with some amazing architectural details. Make sure you check out this temple carefully. The Sanmon Gate alone is so spectacular and draws you in. The Southern garden in the front of Hojo is the most contrived work among the four gardens and is composed of four rock-composites symbolizing Elysian islands. Compared with rigidity of the southern garden's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

There being 4 gardens, East, West, North and South. Interesting how the gardens were set out. Compact gardens around the temple itself. The temple you get a bit used to seeing so many of them.

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