Founded in 1236, Tofuku-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tofuku-ji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, one of the five most important Rinza temples of Kyoto.
Many people visit the temple to see the autumn foliage and green maples in early summer, which can be seen from the famous Tsutenkyo Bridge, but the temple's appeal is not limited to its natural beauty.
The Sanmon gate, built in 1425, is the oldest existing gate of a Zen temple in Japan, and is designated as a national treasure. The main hall, which stands north of the Sanmon gate, is so large that it once enshrined a 15-meter-high statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, and the ceiling painting of a bizarre dragon is very powerful.
There is a ravine called "Sengyokukan" running east to west across the temple grounds, and three bridges, also known as the "Three Famous Bridges of Tofuku-ji Temple." The bridges are covered with crimson maple trees, making you feel as if you are in another world.
However, Tofuku-ji Temple also has magnificent green leaves. And this year, there will be a special "night light-up" event. The vividly glowing blue maples in the precincts illuminated by the light are mysterious and fantastic. We strongly recommend that you visit Tofuku-ji Temple to see the blue maple leaves when you visit Kyoto. In that case, please stop by our Sanjo Showroom as well where you can see a variety of crafts in hand.