Enjoy the Cranes and Turtles Garden in a very quiet environment
Konchi-in (Konchiin) comes into view as you walk about 5 minutes into beautiful scenery from Keage Station. It is included in the schools of Nanzen-ji Temple which is extremely popular for visitors. Do not miss the karesansui (dry landscape garden) which you will find a well-known and gorgeous garden, Tsurukame-no-niwa (Cranes and Turtles Garden). The tea ceremony room in Kochi-in is known to be one of the three major tea houses in Kyoto. Since not many people visit here, you may relax and spend your time slowly.
Tsurukame- no-niwa (Cranes and Turtles Garden)
Tsurukame- no-niwa (Cranes and Turtles Garden)
At Tsurukame-no-niwa (Cranes and Turtles Garden), stone of cranes on the right side and stone of turtle on the left side face each other. A deciduous tree behind the turtle is more than 400 years old.
Benten-ike (Benten-pond)
Benten-ike (Benten-pond)
Floating water lilies all over the large pond is very picturesque. Coming here during the autumn season may make you feel astonished of how beautiful the scenery is with leaves changing color. The view is just amazing!
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It is an important cultural property with a drawing on the ceiling of a dragon. It is very powerful and a bit scary as it seems real and alive. Put your hands together and make a prayer inside the To-sho-gu.
Hasso-seki (tea ceremony room)
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Hasso-seki (tea ceremony room)
Shoji, or Japanese sliding screen, has another name called 'Rainbow Window'. Color of shoji changes into blue, yellow, and checkered pattern reflected by the sun. Reservation is needed to enter here if you visit as a group.
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Do not walk into the Tsurukame-no-niwa.
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This is a small temple inside Nanzen-ji Temple, and there are not many people so you can walk around the garden in peace! The garden of this temple was designed by the early Edo period garden designer Kobori Masakazu, and here you have a chance to look at his handiwork in quiet tranquility. Many of the more famous temples of Kyoto are always full of people, but the reason I want to recommend Konchi-in is that it is quiet and you can take a leisurely stroll in the garden.
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Konchi-in is a bit off the beaten path, even though it's actually quite easy to find if you look for it. There are usually not that many people inside the garden, even during the cherry blossom season (there is only one cherry tree in the garden), so this garrden is a nice break from the crowds that form in Kyoto during this high season.
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Konchi-in Temple / 金地院
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-771-3511
Address 86-12,Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435
Directions 7-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Keage Stn 10-minute walk from city bus Nanzen-ji Temple Eikando Stop
Open Hours March - November 8:30am - 5pm December - February 8:30am - 4:30pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Price range
Adults ¥400 High school students ¥300 Elementary and junior high school students ¥200 *Group discounts are available for groups of 25 or more.
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English brochures are available. Enjoy walking inside of the temple that is like a castle.
Information English
Lanuages spoken Simple English

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