Feb. 07, 2020 UPDATE
Story & Recommendation
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)
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.
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!
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)
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.