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Tofukuji is a Buddhist temple and the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect. Tofuku-ji belongs to the five great Zen temples of Kyoto (Kyoto Gozan). The Sanmon Gate (main gate) of the temple is the oldest in Japan and a National Treasure.

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  • Tofukuji Temple:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (April till October)
  • Opening Hours - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (November till begin of December)
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (begin of December till March)
  • Closed - always open, whole year
  • Admission Fee - 400 yen (Tsuten-kyo & Kaisan-do), 400 yen (Hojo Hasso Garden)

History

Tofuku-ji was founded in 1236. Kujo Michiie, imperial chancellor and a great statesman of the Kamakura period gave the order for the construction. The monk Enni became the founding priest of the temple complex. The temple burned down in 1319, 1334 and 1336. During the 15th century the temple including the Sanmon Gate were rebuilt.

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Tofukuji Temple is located within the Higashiyama district in Kyoto.
Address: 15-778 Honmachi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Shimogamo Shrine?

  • 10min walk from Tofukuji Station served by JR Nara and Keihan Main Line or
  • 10min walk from Tofukuji Bus Stop served by Kyoto City Bus 208

Sightseeing spots

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Tsutenkyo Bridge - the 100m long bridge offers great views during the autumn season (mid November)

Kaisando Hall - the mausoleum of the temple´s first head priest is located here

Sanmon Gate - the oldest Zen gate in Japan and with an height of 22 meter a really impressive sight

Hasso Garden - gardens located on the north, south, east and west sides give visitors a very unique atmosphere, the moss and stone garden are a great representation of modern Zen Buddhist gardens

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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