Tofukuji Temple Kyoto Autumn Illumination: 2021 Reservation & Tickets

Tofukuji Temple Kyoto Autumn Illumination: 2021 Reservation & Tickets


Autumn is said to be one of the most beautiful seasons to visit Kyoto. The vibrant autumn colors adds a magical touch to Kyoto’s traditional atmosphere making it a scene that should not be missed. One of the highlights of Kyoto’s autumn leaves viewing are the Illumination events that are often held at Kyoto’s well known temples at night.

This article will be introducing one of the most famous and exquisite autumn illumination events in Kyoto held at Tofukuji Temple!


Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple was built in 1236 and is one of the most important Rinzai Temples in Kyoto. On the temple grounds, you can find Japan’s oldest triple temple gate which is a national treasure. There is also a Zen temple-style toilet which is a national cultural artifact. Other than that, you will find a mighty dragon drawn on the ceiling of the main hall!

Other than that, the Honbo garden designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty is a great attraction. Designed by Shigemori Mirei, a famous modern garden architect, the Hojo (one of the main buildings of the temple) boasts four gardens with designs that vary from the north, south, east, and west. The north garden is particularly famous for its unique checkered pattern of moss and stones!

The biggest highlight of Tofukuji Temple is the grand view of the autumn leaves that is seen from the Tsuten Bridge.



Tofukuji Temple
Autumn Illumination

One of the most renowned spots for autumn foliage in Kyoto is at Tofukuji Temple! The exquisite autumn colors can be enjoyed both during the day and at night.

If you want to avoid the crowd and enjoy a special evening strolling around feeling the magic of Kyoto’s autumn night, this exclusive plan is prefect for you.



🍂Period: November 15th to November 30th 2021

💴Ticket Price: 3,000 yen (free entrance for elementary school students or below)

🕔Reception Time: 17:00~ (17:00・18:00・19:00)


(Keihan Line, JR Line) Get off at Tofukuji Station and walk for 10 minutes

(From Kyoto Station) Take bus number 88 or 208, get off at Tofukuji Bus Stop and walk for 4 minutes
(From Shijo-Kawaramachi) Take bus number 207, get off at Tofukuji Bus Stop and walk for 4 minutes
(From Gion) Take bus number 202 or 207, get off at Tofukuji Bus Stop and walk for 4 minutes

🛑(The parking lot is closed during the event, please come by public transportation.)

⭐Tickets are sold at Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto (3F Kyoto Tower)
Business Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:30


⭐ For those of you who live abroad and would like to enjoy the event, we will upload real-time stories onto our Facebook and Instagram account on November 22nd 2021 starting from 6PM. 🥰


Here is a glimpse into the magical mystical vibes of the Autumn Illumination at Tofukuji Temple!

Make A Reservation & Get Your Tickets Now!

Contact Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto (KTIC Kyoto) for more details!
🇬🇧English-🇨🇳Chinese language support for ticket purchasing and Q&As are also provided!


Don’t miss out on this very special, once-a-year event!

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