Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) is a Buddhist temple in Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto, Japan. Tōfuku-ji takes its name from two temples in Nara, Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji. It is one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or "five great Zen temples of Kyoto". Its honorary sangō prefix is Enichi-san (慧日山).
This was a highlight of Kyoto for me! The temple is surrounded by gardens on all four sides! Very beautiful. It was also very calm and quiet. The checkerboard patterned garden was stunning. Truly a unique temple that I wouldn't miss if going to Kyoto.
Spacious. Not very crowded. Probably due to the fact that it's the end of the falling maple season. Nonetheless, the buildings inside the temple are really marvelous and in nice shape. Its also within walking distance from JR Kyoto station. Staff on-site are very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended!
Quiet, not crowded but being mid winter that is expected. Really is several temples in one complex. There are we real gardens to see with paid admission for esch.
Went during the peak time for autumn leaves. They might have been the most beautiful I've ever seen, even with the crowds being a bit distracting. It was truly amazing.
Most parts of the temple require an entry fee While it's. Historical, not being cherry blossom season made the place neither photogenic nor appealing