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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
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Oldest Zen temple gate in Japan

Tofukuji is a beautiful and charming Zen temple with an awesome Sammon (main gate) which is the largest and oldest Zen temple gate in Japan and designated as a national treasure... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tofukuji is a beautiful and charming Zen temple with an awesome Sammon (main gate) which is the largest and oldest Zen temple gate in Japan and designated as a national treasure since December 28, 1897. The Sammon, short for Sangedatsumon, meaning an enlightenment gate to Nirvana, has a five bay wide gate with three entrances. A serene place that has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This subtemple of Tofuku-Ji sits quietly beside the Founder's Hall. Dating from the 1600's the counter balance of raked sand on one side of the central granite path and shrubs , bridges and stream on the other is a strong contrast is unique in gardens of this period

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Of the many temples I visited in Kyoto, I think that Tofuku-ji was my favorite. Not as intensely crowded as many of the more famous temples, one can stroll the grounds at a leisurely, quiet pace and enjoy this serene location as it was meant to be enjoyed. The temple buildings are gorgeous, but what captivated me the most are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most beautiful places I've ever been, the grounds of Tofuku-ji are amazing, with special bridges and walkways.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was our first stop and a real treat. I particularly enjoyed it because it combined so many great things that brought us to Japan in the first place - Moss gardens, zen gardens, rock gardens, temples, architecture, nature, etc. Tofuku-ji really had it all. I'd also recommend doing this along with Fushimi Inari, seeing as they are so... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Do not misunderstand: the temple and the whole area are a spectacular heritage site. But the area is so vast that one can be lost among those temples.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This temple is a brief and cheap train ride from Kyoto and a 15-20 minute walk to the temple. When you exit the Tofukuji station, turn right at the Family Mart and walk down the main street to the temple. The walk is through a pleasant, quiet little street. It is a little confusing, but you can ask anyone you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

About the area: just great. It's just nice to walk and wonder the beauty of the tempels. There is two places you need to pay to entrance. The other is a temple which is currently unser construcktion. To be honest it's not worth visiting. You can just go round the tempel and see the construction pillars etc. But the garden:... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the five great Zen temples in Kyoto. Well worth a visit. There is some renovation underway but this does not limit your ability to see. You do have to take your shoes off for this one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

This one stood out as our #1 in Kyoto, and in Japan. Away from the hustle of other similar places, it gives a few amazing views and it's closer to its original and primary goal. It's 10-15 min walk from the nearest subway/train station, it's mainly free (except 2 parts with entry fee, 400 or 300 yen / adult). We... More 

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