Tofuku-ji Temple (東福寺)
Tofuku-ji is one of the largest temples in Kyoto, and one of the most important temples in the Zen sect of Buddhism. This temple was first built in the 13th century, and throughout the centuries additions and renovations have been made to the temple buildings and grounds, so that it is now a mix of styles from Imperial Japan’s eras. Each of the gardens in the temple has a distinct style, from striking rock gardens to picturesque ponds to lush greenery. The temple is especially famous for its autumn foliage, when the maple leaves turn red and orange.
Opening hours: 9am – 4:30pm (Apr – Oct), 8:30am – 4:30pm (Nov – early Dec), 9am – 4pm (early Dec – Mar)
Watch out for: The view from the Tsutenkyo Bridge, especially during fall foliage season
Address: 15-778 Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0981, +81 75-561-0087