This is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, located in Higashiyama ward of Kyoto city.
The Founder, Regent Kujou Michiie, picked one character from Nara’s Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji to name the Tofukuji. The large precinct has area of more than 200,000 square meters and is surrounded by the Higashiyama, the Tsukinowayama, and beautiful valley. There are many highlights include the Sammon Gate (National Treasure), the main hall (important cultural property), and the Hojo garden which intervening with beautiful pine appearance of the moss and the paving stones. There are more than 2000 maple trees which make it a famous spot to see the maple leaves in Kyoto. Especially, maple trees around Tsuten-kyo are called as Tsuten maple trees, which have the characteristic of trifurcating shape with golden yellow color. They attract many tourists to see them during the time of late autumn. Moreover, the Tofuku-ji is also known as having many important cultural properties including numerous buildings, paintings, and books, etc..