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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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No. 1 in Kyoto / Japan for us

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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're not used to seeing these types of architecture, you'll be amazed. Also nice views at the top, especially autumn foliage.

Thank Mira A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A place with impressive wooden buildings, history bearing with a very nice stone garden where you just take time to sit in front of and relax..or medidate.

Thank Alexandre E
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice to place to admire and meditate. The entrance is free and only 10 minutes away from the subway. However if you want to enter Hojo gardens or cross the bridge you have to pay an extra ¥400 each for the privilege.

Thank jackmoore93
Greenock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite a large temple with many beautiful buildings. I've been to many temples in Japan and find many of them basically the same but this one was way above average.

Thank B D
Dijon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple was less crowded but not less beautiful, small but very nice garden, huge door and nice pond with lotus flowers

Thank K L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful zen gardens, but note that there is two admission fees. One to enter the house to see the ripple stones and and one to see the rest of the gardens. Each is 400 yen, and the ripple stones was worth that.

Thank Claus K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was my second visit of Kyoto, looking for Zen gardens on the top of standard places of interest. What we could see in Tofuku-ji was just great, although seeing some pictures from gallery, maybe an autumn could be even more beautiful there with red colored autumn leaves. Go and discover every nook - each part of the area is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Magnificent Zen temples implemented by amazing Zen gardens. Almost empty when we went there. Loved the serenity and cool breezes through the buildings ... Romantic and restful and therefore very Zen in my mind. Perfect also for a yoga practice including pranayama and meditation! Will certainly be back next time I am in Kyoto

Thank Mark P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is another nice temple like the others in Kyoto. There is a beautiful lotus garden inside. During our visit, there was construction. There is a free car park in the area and driving to there is nice.

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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.