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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
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The Buddah here is the worlds largest metal Buddah. It was very impressive and is housed in a very beautiful building. There are Japanese deer all over the grounds. They sell... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Patty W
Ogden, Utah
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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Buddah here is the worlds largest metal Buddah. It was very impressive and is housed in a very beautiful building. There are Japanese deer all over the grounds. They sell food to feed them so they can be quite aggressive when feeding them.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank LuiginhoC
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars 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 

Thank Samppa R
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Sandi0615
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5 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 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.

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Greenock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

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.

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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.