Museums & Sights



This temple, south-west of Kyoto Station, boasts one of Japan’s top-rated Zen gardens, as well as spectacular scenes of autumn foliage. A pair of wooden bridges face each other, with a ravine of maple trees in between. The scene is a photo-opportunity any time of year, but it’s breathtaking in November. Don’t miss the tousu; nicknamed the ‘100-man loo’, this Important Cultural Property is the largest and oldest communal commode in Japan. Although it is no longer in use, it was once a major source of income for Tofuku-ji, which sold the excrement for compost.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


15-chome Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Tofuku-ji station (Keihan or Nara lines).

Telephone 075 561 0087

Open 9am-4pm daily.

Admission Admission ¥400.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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