Enjoy the Crane and Turtle Garden in a quiet environment
Konchi-in comes into view about 5 minutes from Keage Station into the beautiful scenery. It is one of the schools of Nanzen-ji Temple which is extremely popular with visitors. Do not miss the Tsurukame-no-niwa (Crane and Turtle Garden), a gorgeous and well-known Karesansui (Japanese rock garden). The tea ceremony room in Kochi-in is also known to be one of the three major tea houses in Kyoto. Since not many people visit here, you can relax and go at your own pace.
Tsurukame- no-niwa (Crane and Turtle Garden)
Tsurukame- no-niwa (Crane and Turtle Garden)
In the Tsurukame-no-niwa, a stone crane on the right and a stone turtle on the left face each other. The periodically changing, deciduous tree behind the turtle is more than 400 years old.
Benten-ike (Benten-pond)
Benten-ike (Benten-pond)
The floating water lilies all over the large pond are incredibly picturesque. Coming here during the autumn will move you with how beautiful the scenery of the changing leaves is. The view is simply amazing!
Tosho-gu shrine
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Tosho-gu shrine
This shrine is an important cultural spot with a drawing of a dragon on the ceiling. The dragon is very powerful and a little scary as it feels as if it’s real and living. Place your hands together and pray inside the Tosho-gu shrine
Hasso-seki (tea ceremony room)
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Hasso-seki (tea ceremony room)
Shoji, or Japanese sliding screen doors, are also called 'Rainbow Windows'. The color of shoji change to blue, yellow, and into checkered patterns that reflect the sun. Reservations are needed to enter 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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