The Origin of Shiki Tofukuji
The Owners are so enchanted with the Japanese culture that they decided to set up a guesthouse by taking over a traditional Japanese house called Machiya . The entire house was taken apart, renovated and reinforced to provide comfort and safety to guests. The setting up of the guesthouse from its infancy stage to where it is today has been overwhelming. The different stages of setting up this guesthouse from its infancy stage involved many trips to Kyoto within a year, encompassing the four seasons. Thus, giving birth to its name, SHIKI TOFUKUJI
History of Tofukuji
In 1236, Tofuku-ji was founded by the imperial chancellor Kujo Michiie. This Buddhist temple in Higashiyamaku in Kyoto Japan was rebuilt in the 15th century after it was destroyed by fire. In fact, Tofuku-ji was one of the five temples of the Five Mountain System (Kyoto Gozan or “five great Zen temples of Kyoto”). It takes its name from two temples in Nara, Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji.
Tofuku-Ji is well known for the following:
1) The Tofuku-ji complex includes 24 sub-temples. The two best are, IMHO, Ryogin-an and Funda-in. Its main gate, being the oldest sanmon in Japan, is a National Treasure of Japan.
2) Famous for its well-landscaped gardens, the moss garden in particular has been symbolic of the renewal of Japanese gardening principles in the 20th Century.
3) Tofuku-Ji is most popular during the Autumn season as the abundant Japanese Maple trees there undergo autumn foliage. Traditionally, the Tsuten-kyo bridge, a long wooden bridge that overlooks a valley covered by a grove of maple trees, becomes a prominent tourist attraction.
4) The largest Nehan-zu painting (Buddha on his death bed) in Japan can be found at the nearby Sennyu-ji area.