A representative Buddhist temple in Japan with Zen gardens.
Tofuku-ji is a temple of the Zen sect of Buddhism which was built in the middle of the 13th century. The large triple temple gate which stands at the entrance to the precincts, the oldest in Japan, is designated as a National Treasure. There are gardens on the north, south, east and west sides of the temple, each of which has been created to have its own atmosphere. The garden on the north side, with its moss and stones, is particularly famous. The four gardens is collectively known as the Hasso Garden, a now famous representation of modern Zen Buddhist gardens. In the precinct are the Doju-in, which enshrines the seated image of the Fudo Myo-o (the Buddha who protects the laws of Buddhism), and Reiun-in, with its beautiful Karesansui-style (stone and sand) garden. Next to this is the Hosho-ji, which enshrines a Senju Kannon-zo (a "thousand-handed" statue of the goddess of mercy) designated as a National Treasure. Also contained here are many other National Treasures and cultural properties, including architectural structures, Buddhist images, and paintings, and writings.
Address: 15 Hon-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Tsuten-kyo & Kaisan-do: 400 yen (regular fee) Hojo Hasso Garden: 400 yen (regular fee)
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./JR Nara Line/3-min. ride/Tofukuji Stn./10-min. walk