Tofukuji Temple

A famous foliage viewing spot that represents Kyoto

A famous foliage viewing spot that represents Kyoto

Located in Higashiyama, Kyoto, Tofukuji Temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The founder, Regent Kujou Michiie picked one character from Nara’s Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple to make the name Tofuku Temple. The size of the precinct is more than 200,000 square meters and is surrounded by Mt. Higashiyama, Mt.Tsukinowayama, and a beautiful valley. The highlights of the temple include the national treasure, Sammon Gate, the important cultural property, the main hall and the Hojo garden with a beautiful pine appearance weaved by moss and paving stones.


The 2000 maple trees make it a famous foliage viewing location in Kyoto. The maple trees around the Tsuten-kyo bridge are known as Tsuten Maple Trees, which are characterized by the golden color and its trifurcating shape. These aureate trees attract groups of tourists in late autumn every year. Additionally,  the Tofukuji Temple is also known for having numerous important cultural properties not limited to its building but also paintings, and books, and more.


778 Honmachi 15-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-City, Kyoto 605-0981
10-minute walk from Tofukuji Station (JR/Keihan)
4-minute walk from Tofukuji bus stop (Kyoto City Bus)
April- October 9:00-16:00 (last entry at 16:00)
November-1st Sunday of December 8:30-16:00 (last entry at 16:00)
1st Sunday of December-March 9:00-15:30 (last entry at 15:30)
Tsutenkyo and Kaisanto
Adult 600 yen
Elementary and junior high school student 300 yen
Tofuku-ji Temple Honbo Garden, designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty:
Adult 500 yen
Elementary and junior high school student 300 yen