Tofukuji Temple

Famous spot of scarlet maple leaves which represents Kyoto

Famous spot of scarlet maple leaves which represents Kyoto

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..

Information

Address
778 Honmachi 15-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-City, Kyoto 605-0981
Access
10-minute walk after getting off at Tofukuji Station of JR Nara Line and Keihan Hon Line.
City bus No. 202, 207, and 208 systems and getting off at Tofukuji bus stop.
Phone
075-561-0087
Hours
9:00-16:00 from April to the end of October (reception ends at 16:00 and gate closes at 16:30)
8:30-16:00 from November to the beginning of December (reception ends at 16:00 and gate closes at 16:30)
9:00-15:30 from the beginning of December to the end of March (reception ends at 15:30 and gate closes at 16:00)
Holidays
None
Admission
Tsutenkyo and Kaisanto:
Adults 600 yen Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen
Tofuku-ji Temple Honbo Garden, designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty: Adults 500 yen
Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen
Website
http://www.tofukuji.jp/english/index.html