Konchi-in Temple

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About Konchi-in Temple

Konchi-in is a subtemple of Nanzen-ji located in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. It was established sometime between the end of the 14th century and the 15th century by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi, and it is unclear whether it was established in Rakuhoku or Takagamine originally. It was moved in 1605 to its current location. One of the major attractions here is the Japanese-style garden, the Tsurukame Garden ("Crane and Tortoise Garden"). This garden made by Enshu Kobori. Although he made many of these gardens, this is the only one remaining in the world that has been confirmed to have been made by him. The garden is a dry landscape garden that represents flowing water with stone and sand, and it is commonly known as a very stately garden created in the early Edo period (1603-1868). True to the garden's name, in the rockwork both a crane and a tortoise are expressed, standing opposite to one another in the garden. The crane is on the right, made of stones, and the tortoise is on the left, made of stones and juniper trees. Additionally, there is a famous reservations-only tearoom called Hasso-no-seki. There are only 3 like it in Kyoto, and inside you can feel the fine attention to detail given to the room. You must reserve in advance by written postcard in order to see Hasso-no-seki.


By the Kyoto Municipal Tozai Line, go to Keage Station (蹴上駅) and you can walk 10 minutes to the temple. This is highly recommended because the road from the station to the temple is full of Kyoto atmosphere. By car, you should take the Meishin Highway to Kyoto Higashi IC (京都東IC). There is a parking fee of 1000 yen for the first 2 hours, and then 500 yen for every hour after that.

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Description: Konchi-in Temple

Sights Konchi-in Temple (金地院)
Address 86-12 Nanzenji Fukuchichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8435
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-771-3511 / Fax: 075-752-3520
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:08:30-17:00
Admission Fee Pay admission: 400yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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