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“Worth the visit for a Japanese experience” 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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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour
Ranked #17 of 398 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Cairns, Australia
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“Worth the visit for a Japanese experience”
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 maple trees and the bridge with the beautiful colours of autumn leaves is spectacular. This area you will have to pay to enter but your entry covers both the bridge and Kaisando Hall, which serves as a mausoleum of the temple's first head priest. The gardens here are have a stone path where you will see the two contrasting gardens. One garden is lush with a pond and plants, the other is a dry rock garden.There are quite a few buildings here and some parts of the temple grounds are free to enter. The Hondo or main hall is a recent reconstruction from 1934. The 22 metre tall Manmon Gate is the oldest Zen gate of it's kind and dates back to 1425. The Hojo or head priest's former living quarters is one area that is quite interesting. You have to pay to enter here too, but the rock gardens here are very unique as each garden has a different character. There are pebbles, large rocks, moss, trees and checkered garden plots. It wont take you hours to go through this temple and the buildings and gardens so it is a nice way to spend a half day out from Kyoto.

Visited July 2014
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“Peace and harmony”
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!

Visited July 2014
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“Modern twists to temple design”
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

Visited June 2014
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“Picturesque temple with an interesting sand stone garden”
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.

Visited April 2014
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“a little disappointing”
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 well worth visiting.

A little disappointing when you have to keep paying particularly when it isn't looking at its best. The zen type garden was nice but not that impressive but there was very few tourists here so it was nice and peaceful.

Visited May 2014
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