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Tofuku-ji Temple

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Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, Kyoto Prefecture
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A perfect example of wabi sabi, that elusive aesthetic of beauty in imperfection. There is perfect harmony of the buildings, garden and hills.

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Singapore River, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A perfect example of wabi sabi, that elusive aesthetic of beauty in imperfection. There is perfect harmony of the buildings, garden and hills.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came to see this temple because of other reviews. Hands down to the beautiful foilage but this place is packed. We came on a Saturday during peak foilage season. If you can handle crowds, this temple certainly has one of the best foilage during the fall season.

Thank Anna J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here on a rainy day, for the gardens you do have to pay per person. Otherwise, to walk around the main temple and gate, it is free. Is one of our top 3 temples, right after Chion in.

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I strongly recommended that if your intention of visiting Kyoto is to see the Autumn Maple leaves, the Tofukuji Temple should be high in your priority. The surrounding of the temple is bursting with yellow and red colours of maple leaves and you would probably hate to leave the place as there are so many photo opportunities. The temple itself... More 

Thank Ricky Y
Murray, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the temple at the peak of the fall foliage. It was beautiful, and there must have been tens of thousands of people. The staff kept the flow moving nicely, but there was no opportunity to sit and enjoy or take the most spectacular photos from the bridges.

Thank Tokugawa1
Almeria, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, because it is so popular, it was crowded with people coming to see the momiji (autumn colour ) I have to say that it is the best place to see the colour. It has also 2 temples to visit. One with dry garden, and a very impressive moss garden.

Thank Caroline P
Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most famous place of Kyoto, such as red・yellow leaves in Autumn. It is not exaggerated,much of peoples come to this Temple pour in to see Leaves. Especially, good views from on the two bridges. I should think so you are stand in need of patience. Another season is quiet Temples.

Thank takeshi52
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the place on 25 Nov 2016. A bit disappointing as the autumn foliage was not as good as expected. Even though, the report still stated it as peak, I personally think that it was slightly off peak. I could still take some good photos at certain angles but was not "wowed" by the sceneries on site. I had seen... More 

Thank Jackie T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived ten minutes before it opened but there was already a long line of people. Worth the wait to capture some beautiful photos but it was difficult to sit and relax. Would love to go back when it's empty. Definitely the best place in Kyoto to view the autumn foliage.

Thank Rita C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best places to view autumn foliage during mid November. Almost all of the trees were red/orange, simply beautiful. Highly recommended

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