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Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto

#12 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Serene and ornate, Tofuku-ji Temple operates as a traditional Zen Buddhist shrine. Erected in 1236, the temple was accurately restored in the 15th century after a devastating fire destroyed much of its structure. The temple boasts a Japanese national treasure, an imposing two-storied gate considered one of the most beautiful examples of Buddhist temple gates. Look for the temple's intricate woodwork and extensive gardens, each of which is landscaped differently to symbolize images and themes in Zen Buddhism. To visit Tofuku-ji Temple on your holiday in Kyoto, and find out what else Kyoto has to offer, use our Kyoto.
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  • Amazing Zen garden by Mirei Shigemori! It's a big temple complex. With several sub temples and Zen gardens. And many of the Zen garden were design by one of the greatest Japanese garden designer...  more »
  • wandered here through the sennyu-ji temple, a beautiful area. maple trees just starting to turn colors. we were visiting beloved kyoto for our third and most likely last time. lucky to be able to...  more »
  • Beautiful temple. I think paying for the ticket too gain access for the bridge is worth it. Very pretty and nicely kept. There are at least 3 other locations that you need to donate to gain access to but I still think the best for your time and money is the bridge. They have temperature check and hand sanitizer.
  • Very nice, but also very crowded. Be careful it does close early.

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