Tofuku-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tofuku-ji School of the Rinzai-shu Sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built from 1236 to 1255 on the instructions of Kujo Michiie, the great statesman of the Kamakura Era. Although the original buildings were burned down in a series of fires in the 14th century, the temple buildings were rebuilt according to the original plans in the 15th century. This temple is famous for its beautiful maple leaves in autumn. The Hojo-Teien (garden of the abbot’s hall) was laid out by Shigemori Mirei, one of the most famous modern Japanese garden designers. The garden is unique, for it adopts the abstract construction of modern arts.