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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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Picturesque Zen Temple

This temple is a working Zen Buddhist temple and is the headquarters of the Fuku Zen sect. The temple has beautiful Zen dry gardens with rock and moss. I only spent about 20... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple is a working Zen Buddhist temple and is the headquarters of the Fuku Zen sect. The temple has beautiful Zen dry gardens with rock and moss. I only spent about 20 minutes here but suggest that it might take 60 or more minutes to really explore the gardens.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent Temple. Beautiful and enormous! Was the quietest out of the temples we visited, really lovely grounds that we could wander around in peace. We walked to Tofukuji on a trail from Fushimi Inari Shrine and got here in 30 minutes.

Thank Sentha R
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple ranks with Kiyomizu-dera and Daigo-ji as our 3 favorites in Kyoto. If you visit during the fall foliage season it's nothing short of spectacular. There are many beautiful sections, and we found that it was not nearly as crowded once you leave the Kaisando Hall and bridge areas. Out of all the photography we did in Kyoto, the... More 

Thank sasquatchsf
Richmond, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 10 January 2017 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 9 January 2017

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 2 January 2017

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.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

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 29 December 2016

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 

Thank Timothy F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

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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