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Tofuku-ji Temple

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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
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There was a peace and calmness when I visited here. Although I did not get the see the leaves turn color because it was all green; I have to come back to visit here again. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Richmond, California
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Richmond, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There was a peace and calmness when I visited here. Although I did not get the see the leaves turn color because it was all green; I have to come back to visit here again. The column pathway are amazing!

Thank lvlivangel
Malden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting the shrine (and climbing all the way to the top) we stopped by this restaurant. The staff were very friendly. We didn't have to wait very long for the food. My husband and I really liked the ramen.

Thank Mingh H
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the day of my visit (11/30/2016), I have taken Keihan Electric Railway and arrived at Tofukuji Station. Walking towards Tofukuji Temple is a bit tricky. However, you can follow maps shown on the street sides and eventually can be guided by people dressed in uniform providing directions along the path. Because its location, it seems to attract a smaller... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple was very nice, quite spacious. We went on a weekday, and there were some fellow tourists but not a big crowd. You have to pay if you want to look inside the main building. There is also a smaller building on the way in that you can also pay to look inside.

Thank interviewtraveler
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple was part of a complex of other temples and shrines. Beautiful architecture and craftsmanship. Once you explore part of the interior you realise how massive some of the beams are, and also how quickly it could all be destroyed by fire (as many temples and shrines have been). The zen garden with this temple was the highlight, it... More 

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Moraga, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this temple a part of a small group walking tour. The rock garden just after the entrance was extrodinary and beutifully designed. It was a chilly and overcast day but the sun came out just as we were viewing this garden. The guide had us sit and meditate for 5 minutes in the sun. I'm not much for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We looked around the old temple which was very interesting when we went inside we had to put plastic around our shoes, the plastic bags were supplied by the entrance of the temple. Overall we walked around the temlpe grounds for about an hour.

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takaratsuka city hyogo japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

why 1000 times? because i lived her for six years. and now i go to kyoto once a week 50km drive. is on my why to go to Hyatt regency hotel kyoto. and in higashiyama ward. higashiyama wards has so many shrines, temples, countless. needs days only to visit higashiyama wards. the history of kyoto is here very clearly.

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Berlin, Deutschland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

In autumn it could be packed with a lot of foreign tourists, but we still had a chance to enjoy the garden in silent. Most of the tourists walk around the buildings, but try to get inside and sit on veranda to enjoy the garden.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

During our visit to this temple by late November, the best period seemed to be over but the overall scenery around was still very outstanding for strolling by visitors and snapshooting by photo-takers. The crowd control arrangement along Tsutenkyo Bridge was improving this year and there was no jam there during our visit at site. The rock garden still maintained... More 


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