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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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Zen personified

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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

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Ankara, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When the young garden designer Shigamori was hired to rebuild the gardens of the abbots quarters after a great fire , no-one could have foreseen the that he was to launch a whole new interpretation of Japanese gardens for the modern era. The original temple still stands and is set in forested parklands.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tofoku-ji temple is one of the oldest in Kyoto yet when the abbots hall burnt down in the early twentieth century Shigamori was hired to rebuild the gardens. These extraordinary gardens are the beginning of the modern Japanese garden era that continues to this day. A must see during your visit to Kyoto set in a beautiful forested parkland.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here during autumn, when the leaves turn gold and red. really romantic, and kyoto known as traditional city mix with modern, atmosphere here is really nice

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful buildings and garden here but it was a little too quiet for our taste. we liked visiting the sites with more activity and hustle and bustle. Good for the end of the day when you just want to have a sit down and relax in front of the garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice place to see autumn red leaves in Kyoto. The ticket is not expensive at all compared to the nice view, it is worth every yen. I recommend to visit on late november when you can see the temple is covered with yellow, orange and red leaves everywhere. This is a perfect place for red leave hunter and photographer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is one of the oldest zen temples in Japan. My fiancé and I went to this temple prior to going to Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine. There is a small fee to the garden and we found out that the garden is very popular during autumn because of the autumn leaves. The garden is huge and beautiful. You can sense... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tofukuji temple is ten minute walk from Tofukuji Station on the JR Nara Line or the Keihan Main Line, from Kyoto Station, famous for its autumn colors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lots to see here. So much history. Beautifully maintained. There are signs in Japanese and in English so everyone cn learn and understand. Friendly volunteers.

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Staying in Southern Kyoto

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Southern Kyoto
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.