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This temple is the head temple of the Tōfuku-ji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1236 on the instructions of Kujō Michiie, the great statesman of the Kamakura period, who desired to build in Kyoto a temple complexes in Nara. Its name is a combination of one character of Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji in Nara. From 1236 to 1255, it was built and stored the Gautama Buddha statue and Maitreya (Bodhisattva). Its original buildings were burned, but were rebuilt in the 15th century according to the original plans. About this time it flourished as one of the Five Great Temples of Kyoto and generalizes the end temple of a 360 little more than piece temple. And then, although protection repair was added by the general of Ashikaga, Toyotomi, Tokugawa and others, and it was told the honor as the greatest Zen temple in Kyoto. Enterring Meiji period, the mister, the assembly hall, the head priest's residence and the abbacy were again burned down in 1881. Reconstruction was begun in 1890 and it was completed in 1934. Moreover, here is the place of autumnal leaves representing Kyoto here and many tourists visit here to see the paroramic view with autumnal tints. About 2000 autumnal leaves are seen from the Tsūten Bridge of this temple. It was a place of the most emotional autumnal leaves in having seen in my life.

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