Part Two: Exploring Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple is not as popular as Fushimi Inari or the other big tourist spots in Kyoto, but it is still a must see. The temple grounds are so large that you will never run into a large crowd, which is a nice change of pace compared to so many other spots in Kyoto (and even better these days when we should be keeping our physical distance as much as we can, along with wearing a mask).

Simply put, Tofukuji Temple is just magical place. There is an area where you will have to pay some Yen to access into another part of the temple complex, but it is worth it (you will find it by a small bridge inside the temple grounds). There is a moss garden and incredible landscapes that are buried in a small forest in the Shrine complex. The price is 1000 Yen to see all the sites (just 600 Yen to see the moss gardens) so it’s not that expensive to see everything. 

We made a mistake of trying to enter through the exit of the hidden shrine area (had no idea where we were talking to) and a guard stopped us (he was super polite and we all laughed about it), so don’t make that goofy mistake like we did. I mean, we were tourists and stood out, but anytime you can avoid a goofy mistake, try to avoid it. Being a goofy is not a crime, but your ego may take a hit in the process though. 

There is also a smaller inner shrine beyond the pay point that you can visit that is quite impressive, so again, spend the extra Yen and check it out, you will not be disappointed.

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