Konchi-in Temple Garden

Kyoto, Kansai

Konchi-in Temple Garden is said to have been laid out by master gardener Kobori Enshu (1579-1647). Unlike the typical Zen temple which is simple in all respects, this garden is unusually ornate. It is arranged in the shape of a crane and a tortoise facing each other. Tsuru-jima (crane island) on the right is composed of a stone for the cranes head and other stones for its wings, plus pine trees planted at the back. Kame-jima (tortoise island) consists of a stone for the tortoise’s head, and other stones for claws, legs and a tail, all of which are positioned around the stones representing the shell. In the foreground, white sand is spread to symbolize the sea. In Japan, the pairing of crane and tortoise is believed to be a symbol of good fortune. The garden was created as a prayer for eternal prosperity.’


86-12 Nanzenjifukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee
400 yen
Open throughout the year
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./Kyoto Shiei Subway Karasuma Line/6-min. ride/Karasumaoike Stn./Kyoto Shiei Subway Tozai Line/8-min. ride/Keage Stn./5-min. walk

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