The large complex of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto

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Let's continue our tour of Kyoto temples with Tofuku-ji, mainly famous for its autumn colors. Beyond its koyo leaves, which you can particularly admire around the Tsutenkyo part, the large complex remains a reference of Zen Buddhism in Japan, with several distinct areas.

Before entering Tofukuji, different buildings can be seen, some of which have remained unchanged since their construction during the Muromachi period (fourteenth to sixteenth century). In the south, the majestic Sanmon door impresses with its height of 22 meters and a beautiful environment.

I suggest you pursue your visit to the heart of Tofuku-ji with the Hojo part. This japanese garden which dates from 1939 (designed by Shigemori Mirei) surrounds the calmest area and will fill you with zen before returning to the ancient capital.

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How to get to Tofuku-ji

By train:

  • JR Nara line (2 to 3 minutes from Kyoto station - ¥140 / ~US$ 1.40) - Tofukuji station and 10 minute walk
  • Keihan line (along Kamogawa river) - Tofukuji station and 10 minute walk

By bus -- #208 (¥220 / ~US$ 2.10) - Tofukuji stop then 10 minute walk

Opening hours

From 9am to 5pm (from April to October)

From 8:30am to 4:30pm (from November to early December)

From 9am to 4pm (from early December to March)

No closing day, last entry 30 minutes before closing


¥400 (~US$ 3.90) for the main entrance

Extra ¥400 (~US$ 3.90) for Hojo garden

In Japanese

東福寺 (Tôfukuji)


Official website (in English)