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Aug. 12, 2020 UPDATE

Tofuku-ji Temple

- 東福寺 -
Traveler Friendly
There are English brochures at the entrance of the temple which have detailed info. Since the temple is located one stop from the JR Kyoto Station, it's very accessible.
Information
Japanese and English
Languages spoken
Japanese only
2018 44 8.3 4 reviews
Aug. 12, 2020 UPDATE

Tofuku-ji Temple

- 東福寺 -
Traveler Friendly
There are English brochures at the entrance of the temple which have detailed info. Since the temple is located one stop from the JR Kyoto Station, it's very accessible.
Information
Japanese and English
Languages spoken
Japanese only
2018 44 8.3 4 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Tofuku-ji Temple - Wondrous Scenery and a Bounty of Sights and Sounds
The Tofuku-ji Temple fully immerses you in the world of Zen Buddhism.
Tofuku-ji is one of the oldest and largest temples in Kyoto and offers some of the most magnificent sights, traditional buildings, and gardens in the city.
As it's easily accessible via train from Kyoto Station, Tofuku-ji Temple is a wonderful place to kick any Kyoto sightseeing journey off at.
Head of one of the schools of the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism, this prominent Kyoto temple holds great significance to the followers of Zen Buddhism in the ancient capital. The construction of the temple took 19 years, with fires inverting progress twice, before it was eventually completed in 1236. The temple features a garan layout, which consists of four buildings: the Sanmon gate (the oldest Zen gate of its kind), Hondo (main hall), Hojo (abbot’s chamber), and Kuri (office).
Coupled with its rich history and deep connection to Kyoto, the garan style of temple layout is one of the reasons Tofuku-ji is home to such a great number of culturally important sites.
If you're looking to make your first temple in Kyoto a memorable one, then hop over to Tofuku-ji from Kyoto Station.
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Details
Open Hours
April to October 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. November to December 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. December to March 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Reservations
Not accepted
Closed
New Year's Holidays
Price range
・Tsuutenbashi・Kaizan-do   ¥600 (adults)  ¥300 (elementary, junior, and high school students) ・Honbo garden   ¥500 (adults)  ¥300 (elementary, junior, and high school students) ・Tsuutenbashi・Kaizan-do+Honbo garden  ¥1000 (adults)  ¥500 (elementary, junior, and high school students) 【Novenber 1~Novenber 30】 ・Tsuutenbashi・Kaizan-do   ¥500 (adults)  ¥300 (elementary, junior, and high school students)  Tsuutenbashi・Kaizan-do   ¥1000 (adults)  ¥300 (elementary, junior, and high school students)
Credit cards
Not accepted
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