Tofukiji is one of Kyoto's better known temples. It is large and boasts many beautiful and interesting buildings, including a hall with a fabulous dragon ceiling. However, its greatest claim to fame is probably due to inspired landscaping. A small valley with a stream has been filled with maple trees. Lovely covered wooden bridges cross the valley at two points, and visitors flock to Tofukuji in autumn to enjoy the blaze of color viewed from one of the bridges.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.