Sightseeing in Kyoto

"TOFUKUJI Temple, " one of the most famous places in Kyoto for viewing autumn leaves! Introducing the breathtakingly beautiful views of TSUTENKYO and other highlights. 【2016 autum season forecast】

the autumnal leaves

the autumnal leaves
In Kyoto city, there are many famous temples and each of them is visited by tourists from all over the world throughout the year.
Among the many temples, there are temples that significantly get crowded during the autumn season.

One of them is "TOFUKU-JI Temple" which is very famous, considered the best in Kyoto, for the beautiful view of autumn leaves.

TOFUKU-JI Temple was named taking the characters from two temples. 'TO'from "TODAI-JI Temple" 'FUKU'from "KOHFUKU-JI Temple."

Founded in Kamakura period, it has become very famous for its GALAN structures that are designated as National Treasure and Important Cultural Properties.

The most famous is the "SANMON" of TOFUKU-JI Temple which is told to be the most oldest and its size is astonishing as well.
Please see it in person and feel the amazing scale of the creation.

TOFKU-JI Temple, with its long history, is famous for attracting many tourists during autumn over the years. The reason for their visit is the "Autumn Leaves of MOMIJI."

Until today, the TOFUKU-JI Temple's autumn MOMIJI view, which is considered the most beautiful in Kyoto, have been attracting many people's hearts.

The autum leaves that turn to bright red color in the precincts can be seen from everywhere in the precincts, but the most amazing viewing point is from "TSUTENKYO."

We introduce here "TOFUKU-JI Temple" where you can enjoy the extremely beautiful autumn leaves with its detailed information.

Article of Kyoto "TOFUKU-JI Temple" -Contents-

1,Basic and useful information of TOFUKU-JI Temple
2,Map of TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts
3,Fantastic view from TSUTENKYO! Highlights of the extremely beautiful "autumnal leaves" in TOFUKU-JI Temple!
4,2016 Information of the "autumnal leaves" special viewing season
5,TOFUKU-JI Google street view
6,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept
7,Access information to TOFUKU-JI Temple
8,Parking information
9,Recommended information around TOFUKU-JI Temple

1,Basic and useful information of TOFUKU-JI Temple

Basic information

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Name: Tofukuji
Name in English: TOFUKU-JI Temple
Prefecture: Kyoto
Area: Kyoto city area(Higashiyama area)
Postal code: 605-0981
Address: 778 Honcho 15-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city
Tel: 075-561-0087
Closed day: None ※There will be irregular closed days due to special events.

●Regular days

・April~End of October/9:00 〜 16:00 ※Gate closes at 16:30
・November~Early December/8:30 〜 16:00 ※Gate closes at 16:30
・Early December〜End of March/9:00 〜 15:30 ※Gate closes at16:00

●Fall 2016 "Special Viewing" of autumn leaves

・November 1st, 2016(Tuesday)~ December 4th, 2016(Sunday)

8:30 〜 16:00 ※Gate closes at 16:30

Admission fee:

●Admission to the precincts is basically "free" of charge.

●Admission fees are required to enter "TSUTENKAKU, KAIZANDO, and TOFUKUJI HONBO Garden."

Adult/400 yen
Elementary・Junior high school students /300 yen

Adult/400 yen
Elementary・Junior high school students/300 yen

Adult/400 yen
Elementary・Junior high school students/300 yen

Parking: available

※Free parking lots are available at two locations: "on the south side of ZENDO in the TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts" and "TOFUKU-JI Temple North Parking lot."

※Please note that the parking lots will be temporarily closed during the Autumn Special Viewing season.
Closed dates: October 25th ~December 4th

※Toll coin parking available in the neighborhood.

Official website: http://www.tofukuji.jp/index.html

Useful information

Within 10 minutes' walk from station: ◯
Credit card: No
Occasion: Friends/Date/Family/Alone/Group
English speaking staff available: unknown
Free Wi-Fi: unknown
Estimated duration of stay: about 1 hour or more
Other useful information

・TOFUKU-JI Temple is known for the "autumn leaves" and it is one of the best locations in Kyoto to view the autumn colors.
・It is very crowded during the season of autumn leaves, especially on weekends and holidays. We recommend that you visit either early in the morning on weekends or on weekdays.

2,Map of TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts

Map of TOFUKUJI precincts
Quote: From the Official TOFUKU-JI Pamphlet

List of famous buildings in the TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts

●SANMON /National Treasure
●ZENDO/Important Cultural Property
●DOSU/Important Cultural Property
●ROKUHARAMON/Important Cultural Property
●YOKUSHITSU /Important Cultural Property
●JUSANJU SEKITO/Important Cultural Property
●ENGETSUKYO/Important Cultural Property
●KAIZANDO/Important Cultural Property
●ANZENDO/Important Cultural Property
●GEKKAMON/Important Cultural Property
●HOJO Garden

Down load " Map of TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts (PDF)" here

Photos of TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts

As you can see above, there are many GALAN (Buddhist building) in the precinct of TOFUKU-JI Temple which are designated as "National Treasure" and "Important Cultural Property."

Here are the photos of GALAN that are very famous in TOFUKU-JI Temple.

●SANMON/National Treasure

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The photo above shows "SANMON of TOFUKU-JI Temple," which is designated as the National Treasure.



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The photo above is HONDO.


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The photo above shows "TSUTENKYO" which is very famous for atumnal leaves.

KAIZANDO /Important Cultural Property

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The photo above shows "KAIZANDO (JORAKUAN)."

●HOJO Garden

A HOJO garden created by "Mirei Shigemori" is very famous as a KARESANSUI garden (Japanese rock garden).
This is one of the most popular spots in the TOFUKU-JI Temple and there are unique gardens located in each direction of East, West, South, and North.

●North Garden

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"North Garden" is a small garden with ICHIMATSU (plaid) pattern in Honbo garden in TOFUKU-JI Temple.

●East Garden


The Big Dipper is depicted using columns in the "East Garden".

●South Garden

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"South Garden" of HONBO Garden

●West Garden

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"West Garden" in the HONBO Garden is created in a large ICHIMATSU (plaid) pattern.

As you can see, there are many famous GALAN in the TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts that are certainly must-see.

3,Fantastic view from TSUTENKYO! Highlights of the extremely beautiful "autumn colored leaves" in TOFUKU-JI Temple!

TOFUKU-JI Temple is known for the beautiful "autumn leaves" in the fall. It is one of the most popular spots in Kyoto for viewing the autumnal colored leaves and every year, many people visit during the season. Introducing here are the highlights of this amazingly beautiful "autumn colored leaves of TOFUKU-JI Temple" which attract many people.

Amazing view of bright red leaves will appear in front of you! Enjoy fully the TOFUKU-JI Temple famous "the autumnal colored leaves of TSUTENKYO."

Among the many popular things at TOFUKU-JI Temple, "TSUTENKYO" is obviously the most popular. .
Let's take a look at the beautiful autumn view of this TSUTENKYO!


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As you can notice just from looking at the photos, every view is exceptionally beautiful. The leaves of TSUTENKYO turns into beautiful colors of red, each kind of tree showing contrast with others. it is one of the most popular spots for viewing autumn colors in TOFUKU-JI. You can enjoy the beautiful view of autumn colors as if you are looking at a beautiful painting.

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There is another special treat regarding the autumn colors at TOFUKU-JI Temple!
In TOFUKU-JI Temple, there is a very special MOMIJI tree called "TSUTEN MOMIJI," which the leaves are divided into three parts, changing their colors from the tip. Don't forget to check it out as well.

There are many viewing spots for autumn leaves in TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts other than TSUTENKYO!

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The beautiful view of autumnal leaves can be observed not only from TSUTENKYO.
You will find many great viewing spots in the precincts when you walk around, so we hope you discover your own favorite spots.

Beauty of the autumn colors increase in December! Enjoy not only the scenery in front of you, but also the spread "red carpet of leaves" !

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The autumn colored leaves start falling during the beginning to middle of December. Once the leaves start falling, the ground will turn to beautiful color of bright red, as if it is covered by "the Carpet of bright red leaves".

In addition to the beautiful autumn scenery in front of you, the place where you stand would also be "a carpet of autumn leaves," you will be amazed by the beauty of the nature.

The season for autumnal leaves is very short, but it is exceptionally special occasion that we recommend that you visit TOFKU-JI to experience the wonderful view.

4,2016 Information of the "autumn leaves MOMIJI" season and special viewing information

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The season for TOFUKU-JI Temple autumn leaves is approaching.
Here are the the forecast of best dates for viewing autumnal leaves and the information of the special viewing.

Prediction of best dates for viewing the autumnal leaves at TOFUKU-JI Temple

Normally, the season for TOFUKU-JI Temple autumn leaves start approximately "mid-November" and the leaves fall by "mid-December. The forecast for 2016 is as average and it is predicted that one of the best autumnal leaves' view will be available during the dates below.

Forecast for best viewing dates: Mid-November 〜 Early December

2016 Autumn special viewing information

As you can see, the autumnal leaves at TOFUKU-JI Temple are very beautiful. Because of this gorgeous view, many people believe that the place will be lit up in the night, but there will be no lighting-up at TOFUKU-JI Temple. ※Information as of autumn 2015

However, there will be "Autumn special viewing" hours for a limited time only.

Regularly, the viewing is from 9:00am but during the autumn special viewing season, it will be open from 8:30am and you can visit TSUTENKYO 30 minutes earlier than usual.

●Special autumnal admission dates :November 1st, 2016 (Tuesday)~ December 4th, 2016 (Sunday)
●Hours:8:30~16:00 ※ last admission at 16:00
●Admission fee:

Adult/400 yen
Elementary・Junior high school student/300 yen

Adult/400 yen
Elementary・Junior high school student/300 yen

・TOFUKU-JI Temple HONBO Garden
Adult/400 yen
Elementary・Junior high school student/300 yen

5,TOFUKU-JI Google street view

The view of TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts can be checked out on Google street view.

TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts

You can view TOFUKU-JI Temple precinct on Google street view.
We can see how amazing SANMON and HONDO are through the screen!

6,Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.


In Kyoto Higashiyama area, there are many famous sightseeing sites for viewing autumnal leaves such as"KIYOMIZUDERA Temple"or "KODAIJI Templeand "TOFUKUJI Temple" here is one of the best spot among these famous spots for viewing autumnal leaves.

In the autumn season, many people from all over Japan visit TOFUKU-JI Temple to enjoy the autumnal view of bright-red-colored leaves. During this season, there are waiting lines especially on weekends. Please note that during the season for autumnal leaves, TOFUKU-JI Temple will be very crowded, especially in the afternoons on weekends.

Recommended time for the visit during this season is early morning since they open at 8:30am during the special viewing season, and also week days are less crowded. Please make sure you plan ahead when to be there, especially if you would like to stay and enjoy for a longer amount of time.

The autumnal leaves at TOFUKU-JI Temple is worth going despite the crowdedness.
If you have an occasion to visit Kyoto during the autumn season, we highly recommend that you stop by and take a look at the beautiful scenery.

7,Access information to TOFUKU-JI Temple

Postal code: 605-0981
Address: 778 Honcho 15-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city
Tel: 075-561-0087
Closed day: None (Open throughout the year) ※There may be irregular closed days due to special events.

・Keihan Train "TOFUKU-JI" station: 10 minutes' walk
・JR Nara Line "TOFUKU-JI" station: 10 minutes' walk

・From JR "Kyoto" station: Take Kyoto municipal bus (Lines 202・207・208) to "TOFUKU-JI"

8,Parking information

There are two parking locations for TOFUKU-JI Temple as below.
●South side of ZENDO in TOFUKU-JI Temple precincts
●North side of TOFUKU-JI Temple

【About Parking】

TOFUKU-JI Temple parking is free of charge.
Please note that the parking lots will be closed during the autumn special viewing season.
The parking lots can fill up quickly, it is recommended that you use the public transportation during the crowded seasons.
Please refer here for more information regarding regarding TOFUKU-JI Temple parking.

9,Recommended information around TOFUKU-JI Temple

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