Tōfukuji (東福寺) is a large Zen temple in southeastern Kyoto that is particularly famous for the colours of its autumn foliage, though many trees have red leaves all-year round.
Several parts of Tofukuji's temple grounds are free to enter, but we paid a small charge (¥400) to enter the large gardens.
Tofukuji has historically been one of the principal Zen temples in Kyoto, and is a head temple of one of the schools of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.
The 22-metre tall Sanmon Gate (above) is the oldest Zen gate of its kind, dating back to 1425.
We got off the train at Tofukuji station, walked around Tofukuji, and then walked to Fushimi-Inari. The next day, we headed back to Tokyo.
to be continued...