Tofuku-Ji Temple

Tōfukuji temple

This temple was intended to compete with Nara’s Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji (hence the name.) It is considered one of Kyoto’s main Zen temples. The huge San-mon gate is the oldest Zen main gate in Japan. The present complex includes twenty-four sub-temples (at one time there were fifty-three). The gardens are wonderful, and to reach them, you cross a stream over the Tsuten-kyo-bridge (Bridge to Heaven). In the fall, the grounds are famous for their foliage. The northern garden has stone and moss in a checker-board pattern.

Written by Christiane Deiters

What's Nearby

More Inspiration

Indagare employees walking up stiars

Enjoy 30 Days On Us!

Start your Self Planner
membership trial today.

Unlock access to 2,000+ first-hand hotel reviews, 300+ Destination Guides and the most up-to-date travel news and inspiration.

Already a member?

Welcome back,
log in to Indagare

Not a member?

Forgot Password

Enter your email and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.

Type the first 3 letters to begin