Konchiin Temple 金地院庭園

Konchi-in Temple
Konchi-in Temple

Serenity, miniature worlds, and one of Kyoto's best teahouses

Konchiin Temple is best known for its beautiful crane and turtle garden. The unusually complex Zen garden is a perfectly tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of other more crowded temples.

Don't Miss

  • Contemplating the quiet while looking out at the Zen garden
  • Exploring the greater Nanzenji complex
  • Taking in the glorious seasonal landscape that surrounds the temple

Quick Facts

The Zen garden here is considered one of the best examples of shakkei (borrowed scenery) in Kyoto

The temple's tea ceremony room in Konchiin is one of the three major teahouses in Kyoto

How to Get There

Access Konchiin by bus, subway, or taxi.

Konchiin is a short walk from both bus and subway stations. However, enjoying a leisurely stroll along the Philosopher's Path from the Silver Pavilion is also a recommended way of reaching the temple.

Zen garden at Konchiin

Meet the crane and the turtle

The main garden at Konchiin is known informally as the Crane and Turtle Garden. There are two islands, creating the illusion of a crane and a tortoise facing each other. Stand inside the central hall of the temple and look out at the garden to get an incredible view of this unusual layout.

Entrance to Konchiin

Zen garden at Konchiin

Perfect place for a day of exploration

Konchiin really has a little bit of everything, from beautiful buildings with ornate screens to a pond with koi carp and turtles. You might want to combine this visit with a trip to the greater Nanzenji Temple complex.

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