Tofuku-jibabibubebo | 5 06 2007
Tofukuji is the head temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and was built in 1236. Not only does Tofukuji bare resemblance to the great temples in Nara, Todaiji and Kofukuji, but Tofukuji even got its’ name from combining the names of the two temples. I went here in the spring and to be honest I was not that impressed. Partly because at this point I have been to so many temples that what I was once impressed with has kind of become average for me.
However, that being said, there is at least one very good reason to check this place out.
Like I said, I went in the spring, but if you can, go in the fall. Apparently the fall leaves here are spectacular. So if you can make the trip here in the fall, check it out, but if you are in Kyoto at another time of the year, unless you have some extra time to kill, I would recommend checking out other places in Kyoto. or even the temples in Nara that Tofukuji got its’ name from.
Tofukuji is located in the southern area of Kyoto and about a 10 minute walk frok Tofukuji Station (on the Keihan Main Line and JR Nara Line). Here is the official page of Tofuku-ji.
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