- ★★ ミシュラングリーンガイド 二ツ星
This temple is the origin was when Kanpaku (High ranked officer who managed the government on behalf of young Emperor), Michiie Kujyo established a temple for his grandfather Kanemitsu Kujyo. The temple name, Tofuku-ji, is taken one word each from the Kofuku-ji and Toudai-ji of Nara. Inside the temple grounds there are lots of national properties such as three gate, lecture hall, residents for priests and so on.
The temples red leaves in the very famous but in the past it used be a great spot for Sakura (Cherry blossoms). It is said that Sakura trees in the temple was too attractive and disturbing for the training priests, so they cut it down the trees.
The area which has the bridge “Tsuutenkyo” between the main hall and hall for Buddha statue, is a canyon called “Sengyokukan” is now know for a great spot for red leaves.
Tsuutekyo is also popular because of it often used for location for historic drama shows and TV commercials.
There are “Honbo Gardens” created by Sanrei Morishige which was his early produciton, and four gardens are placed at the four corner of Hoijyo with the names of Northern Garden, Southern Garden, Western Garden and Eastern Garden. These style of garden is exclusive only for Toufuku-ji.
Subtemple of Tofuku-ji
-Ryugin-an (Open to the public in Spring and Autumn)
-Funda-in, Doujyu-in, Koumyo-in (Open to the public)
-Tentoku-in (Open from middle of June to the beginning of July and from middle of November to beginning of December)
-Taikou-an (needs the reservation in advance)
-Manjyu-ji, Sokusyu-in, Shorin-ji (Open to the public on in Autumn)
Michelin Green Guide
Tofuku-ji, Tsuutenkyo, Three gate and Hojyo gardens have two star rating and Hojyo has a one star rating.
- 778, Honmachi 15 Chome, Higashikawara-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, 605-0981
- Formal Name
- Enichisan Higashi Tofuku-ji
- Sangou (Mountain Name)
- Rizai Sect. Higashi Tofuku-ji School
- Shaka Nyorai
- Date Founded
- in 1236 (the second year of Katei era)
- Founding Patron
- Michiie Kujyo
- Cultural Properties
Three Gate, Soupantaiheigyoran, Kenponchakusyokubujyonshihan-zou (National Treasures), Gekamon, Jyusanjyu Tower, Bell Tower, Kagetsu-kyo, Kenponchakusyokuouanosho-zou (National Treasure and Important Cultural Properties), Main hall, Praying hall, Daishi-do (Prefecture Properties and Important Properties)
In the ground of temple, free of charge
Tsuutenkyo and hall for Buddha statue: Adult 400 yen (Junior High School and Elementary School 300 yen)
Houjyo-Haso garden: Adult 400 yen (Junior High School and Elementary School 300 yen)
Space for 30 Cars
- Access Guide
Get off at Toufuku-ji Station of Municipal bus and 10 minutes walk
Get off at Higashi Tofuku-ji Station of Keihan Railway and 10 minutes walk
- Official Website