Konchi-in
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Erkki N
Finland887 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Konchi-in is a temple (a subtemple of Nanzen-ji) with a stroll garden and the “Crane and Turtle Garden”, a karesansui garden viewed from temple balcony. Toshugu shrine on temple grounds has a history connecting to the Tokugawa shogun family. There is lots of moss clad beauty to see here, although to me this garden did not appeal quite as much as some others nearby (Nanzen-ji main temple or Tenju-an). The karesansui here uses the idea of borrowed landscape - there is a display of stones behind teh field of gravel and behind them rise the trees creating nice depth to the picture.
Written 9 August 2020
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Byngette
Woodstock, Canada4,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We happened upon this temple walking back to the subway from Nanzen-ji and decided to stop because it cost only about 400¥ each to get in. It looked peaceful and something was drawing us here.
You follow the path going around the shrine in a circle, starting at a pond with koi fish in it. The gardens all around here are beautiful and the path is clearly marked.
Make sure to wear bug spray. We got bit a bunch of times as it was muggy and the vegetation was thick in here.
You come to the main shrine and it seems to be very historic. The trees open up to a huge zen garden and we just took off our shoes and sat here enjoying the peace and quiet. There was one other small group of people here at the time who were very quiet and respectful, so we basically had the place to ourselves. We sat for a good 20 minutes.
Written 14 September 2019
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David M
Vero Beach, FL11,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This temple, around the corner from the super-busy Nanzen-ji gate on an active pedestrian street, is quiet. The grounds are perhaps not energetically maintained, but the paths and garden design are old and served as models for many younger gardens. I visited an hour before closing time. The cherry-blossom crowds around Nanzen-ji were beginning to thin and there were maybe three visitors at Konch-in, which provided wi-fi so I sent an Instagram photo from the temple veranda.

While nothing about this temple and its garden is on a grand scale, compared to some other Kyoto temples, the garden has a pedigree of having been designed by Kobori Enshu, considered the best. When I visited at the end of March, Kyoto and Tokyo gardens in general were not looking very lush and Kochi-in was no exception.

The site has a substantial hill, so there's an extravagent set of stairs (not for the stair-wary). The buildings and gateways are beautiful, as I think photos show reasonably well. The sand and stone garden looks good in a panorama, but I don't think I can post one on TripAdvisor.
Written 19 April 2019
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glennharrold
Scotland, UK3,179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
Tranquil, moss clad gardens and small temple that’s worth a visit - calm and peaceful as well as beautiful.
Written 24 September 2018
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Graham H
Melbourne, Australia808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We stumbled across this place on our way to Nanzenji Temple, and decided to pay the very modest entry fee, on a slightly wet day. We are so glad we did! Firstly, it was a magnificent garden, and second it is quiet and obviously not on the mainstream tourist track! We were by ourselves the whole way round. We thoroughly appreciated the garden, and the flowers. We missed cherry blossom and azaleas, but we caught the hydrangeas! The weather was overcast, threatening rain, but it didn’t matter. It is a beautiful experience. There are additional charges to see some rare paintings inside the temple, but we didn’t bother with that. We were simply enthralled with the garden.
Written 29 June 2018
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Jamie P
County Durham, UK477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Great hidden place to look around, much quieter than the others, great photo opportunities in the gardens too. Well worth the entrance fee.
Written 28 April 2018
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SarahJYN
Melbourne, Australia155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Covered in moss, greens, beautiful trees and shrubs it’s along the way to the more famous of the temples so gets overlooked. You can relax and mediate inside whilst looking out to the garden.
Written 19 April 2018
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stephan j
London, UK915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Maybe we were lucky, but this was a truly calming little temple with no crowds or queues. I loved the gardens and the calming feel around it. I hope it remains a well kept secret
Written 21 October 2017
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Oyomi
Kashima, Japan188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
Everything there seemed to be undisturbed and well kept. Moss way growing on the various rock lamps, and the plants were thriving. It was what I would have expected to see during the Edo period.
Written 26 September 2017
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soy_latte_togo
Ottawa, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
We accidentally visited Konchi-in because it happened to be next to our lunch spot, and we needed a walk after a big lunch. It was surprisingly pleasant and very beautiful; lovely architecture and gardens. The best part was that there were hardly any others there, even during heavy tourist season. Unlike the more popular destinations that are packed full, Konchi-in was quiet, serene and peaceful. Well worth the 400 yen to enter.
Written 18 June 2017
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