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Tofukuji Temple

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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful tranquil zen temple

Less tourists compare to other temples in Kyoto and this was one of the best temples. Beautiful zen gardens and walking Tsutenkyo bridge was spiritual with all alive trees around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Less tourists compare to other temples in Kyoto and this was one of the best temples. Beautiful zen gardens and walking Tsutenkyo bridge was spiritual with all alive trees around. Sure you have to pay to get into some places but they are worth it. Amazing place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

It is a huge complex containing many buildings, its prayer hall is the largest in Japan. Its main attraction was the beautiful spiritual Zen gardens. Their simplicity has a calming effect.

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Port Huron, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very old shrine, another area that was calming, and serene. There is an air of mystery and tranquility. Resting at any of the shrines and temples is highly recommended but this one ranks in our top 5. It's hard to explain but you'll know when you get there!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Tofukuji Temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It's a huge temple complex (23 sub-temples). There are gardens on the north, south, east and west sides of the temple. The four gardens is collectively known as the Hasso Garden Tofukuji is a ten minute walk from Tofukuji Station on the JR... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lovely in the summer so it must be even nicer in autumn or spring. Be aware that you have to pay to get into the gardens (200yen) as well as temple (200yen) which is mostly closed off. The gardens are a must-see as they have all elements of a Japanese temple garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A nice place to see during the change of leafs season with lovely grounds and corridors. We saw the huge shrine when we passed by with the train and we decided to go. Still, its a nice place to visit, specially for lovely pictures but could be a little off track.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I just love places like this that are stunningly beautiful and a great place just to contemplate life and all that it brings .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It is one of the most famous temple for their Momiji, I.e. Turning Japanese maples. Breath taking view of bright red and yellow with some contrast against green is absolutely heavenly. But be warned, it is hugely crowded during the season, when raining it is beautiful but you will have mud on your footwear and trousers. Do not even think... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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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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.