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“Serene garden” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple
15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0981, Japan
+81 75-561-0087
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Ranked #17 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens
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Tianjin, China
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“Serene garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The garden is amazing. Go here when you're in the area. At first we thought it was just another temple, but you only go for the garden which is really zen. There is something about Japanese gardens that is very calming and you can really experience it here.

Visited October 2013
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“Famous zen gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Just two minutes by train from Kyoto station, this temple complex is known for its garden design. It's in a lovely and peaceful location, just 10 minutes walk, last other smaller temples , from the Tofukuji station. 400 yen garden admission, 400 yen temple admission. Lots of grounds to stroll and views from bridges , stairs , temple porches --well worth a half day visit.

Visited October 2013
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HCMC
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“Definitely worth your time to get there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

It takes a bit of logistical and physical effort to get there but, once there, your efforts will be duly rewarded. An impresssive Temple complex with reasonably good landscaping awaits, including a rewarding Zen Rock Garden (Hojo).

The temple complex is free, with access to Hojo being 400 Yen and, should you desire more and have the Yen to spend, access to Tsutenkyo Bridge and Kaisando Hall are an additional 400 Yen.

Unlike some (over-rated) rock gardens, this one you'll be able to enjoy as it's part of a much larger, multifaceted experience.

Be prepared to spend two to three hours (not including travel time) if you wish to soak up the totality of the sight.

Be advised: As is the case with the rest of Kyoto, it's not the easiest place to find; There's an utter dearth of signs. Know your train and bus lines and don't be afraid to ask for help or directions up front, or you'll likely be doing so on the back end after wasting unnecessary time wandering the surburbs of Kyoto.

Visited September 2013
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Cairns
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was our first day visit on the way to Fushimi Inari and Daigo-ji with an SGG free guide so we did not get lost and got to know our way around the public transport system.
Our first impression of the imposing stature of the temple buildings defies description. Founded in 1236 by the Fujiwara clan, the huge Sanmon gate, Tsutenkyo Bridge, Kaisando Hall and finally the tranquil Hojo gardens, leave the visitor with an overwhelming sense of the power, grandeur and wealth of the clans. Very impressed.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful fall color..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Good for a morning trip in the fall. The temple, the Tsutenkyo bridge and the gardens were all worth a visit. Founded in the 1200s and named with a combining characters from the Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji in Nara (東大寺,福興寺). As it was quite close to the Modern Kyoto Station, you might feel that you were in a different world once you stepped in the temple area. This was one of best spot for autumn foliage in Kyoto and very popular for the local citizens. In addition to the beautiful fall color, a stroll along the many “sub-temples” and the huge San Mon (very old Zen gate) was fun.
How to go: -15-20 minutes walk southeast of Kyoto station or take the train, JR Nara line and get off at JR Tofuku-ji Station, then a few minutes walk southeast.
-Admission to the bridge and garden: 400 yens.
Best time to visit: November-Early December

Visited December 2012
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