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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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Magnificent rock garden

To get to Tofukuzi temple we walked from Fushimi-Inari Temple approximately 30 minutes as they are in the same neighborhood. We were only interested in viewing the zen garden. In... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To get to Tofukuzi temple we walked from Fushimi-Inari Temple approximately 30 minutes as they are in the same neighborhood. We were only interested in viewing the zen garden. In order to see the rock garden you enter a no-shoes paying area but if one is interested in that sort of thing (rock gardens) it is a must. The rock... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went there for good autumn colors and found plenty of them! Nice pics can be taken from the bridge. Also, has a really calm environment in its gardens, perfect for the practice of meditation (though it can be a little to crowded during high season) and is definitely a place of interest for buddhists.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

too many temples can spoil the experience so i recommend to spread them out over a few trips or at least a couple of days so you dont get "templed out". best to go early to avoid the crowds but autumn foliage is beautiful!

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I came on a Sunday afternoon in November, which in hindsight wasn't the greatest idea, but I really enjoyed it despite the utterly insane crowds (they're really something to behold, there are so many people walking between the station and the temple that the police have to keep them in two lanes to allow cars through!). The complex is quite... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One of the best places to view autumn leaves. Quite an extensive place with lots to see. The zen garden at the back is well worth the view also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Once in a Lifetime Fall Color Display is beyond describing. Words fail me. The crowds are irrelevant because it's SO AWESOME!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They are hundreds Japan maple tree, the most in Kyoto, if you only have limited time in Kyoto, come here, then you know what Fall Colours mean, Japanese maple tree are everywhere, the day we visited, in the early morning, the people line start to form from the train station, just walk following the crowd of Japanese folk, so you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A perfect example of wabi sabi, that elusive aesthetic of beauty in imperfection. There is perfect harmony of the buildings, garden and hills.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to see this temple because of other reviews. Hands down to the beautiful foilage but this place is packed. We came on a Saturday during peak foilage season. If you can handle crowds, this temple certainly has one of the best foilage during the fall season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a rainy day, for the gardens you do have to pay per person. Otherwise, to walk around the main temple and gate, it is free. Is one of our top 3 temples, right after Chion in.


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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.
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