Encapsulated by the dense garden, Tofukuji is one of the oldest and most revered temples in Kyoto. More than the historic structure of the temple, it is the sprawling foliage that attracts people from across the world. Dipped in autumn colors, this Zen temple lies at southeastern Kyoto, just a stop away from JR Nara Line. Built in the year 1236 on the command of Fujiwara clan, valleys of maple trees surround the temple. Visit the ancient structures like Sanmon Gate, the oldest Zen gate, the main hall behind the gate called Hondo. Take a journey back to the early Muromachi Period and witness the remains of that era at Tofuku-ji. Take your time to experience the ancient architecture, zen rock gardens, meditation hall as well as head priest's former living quarter, and the mausoleum of the first head priest of the temple as you take a deeper dive into the culture and history of Kyoto.