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Address: 86-12 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-771-3511
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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I go here every time I visit Kyoto

This garden is a MUST for me. It is extremely relaxing and lovely to walk around. I have visited in both winter and spring and they were equally fabulous.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This garden is a MUST for me. It is extremely relaxing and lovely to walk around. I have visited in both winter and spring and they were equally fabulous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The garden and structures are magnificent in the their profound simplicity. This shrine is not visited by the crowds and for this reason a catalyst to embrace and be inspired by the loveliness and calm attained from Konchi-in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Konch-in is a part of the larger Nanzen-ji temple. It is much smaller but really beautiful with the magical garden, cute turtles in the pond and beautiful view from the veranda of the Main Hall of the temple onto so called two-dimensional garden with a Crane and Turtle island, made of rocks and shrubs. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

If you visit Nanzenji or the Philosopher's Path then definitely make a detour to see this lovely temple. It is so quiet compared to the main sites, but very beautiful, with all the iconic aspects of the Japanese temple garden: Zen rock garden, pond of koi carp and turtles, moss covered rocks and trees. There is hardly anyone there and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We were heading towards the bottom end of the Philosophy Trail when we came upon this wonderful temple. Beautiful gardens and with very few tourists. Wonderfully peaceful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

It was a peaceful place to mark the first day of spring. The photos do not do it justice and being able to experience a Buddhist service was amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

It was very quiet here during my visit. The garden is an absolute must see. It's great for photography ...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This was the only place in Japan where we had inattentive service. The ticket taker was on the phone, and continued his conversation long after we approached the window (even though he saw us but did not acknowledge us). We were very surprised. This is another temple that is often ignored as people rush to the more famous temple nearby... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This was the first place we stopped as we began following the Philosopher's Walk and the gardens were just exquisite. We would gladly have stayed longer but knew we needed to allow time for the rest of the walk. Not to be missed, it is a beautiful beginning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

If you are in the vicinity of Nanzen-ji and appreciate small, quiet, well designed gardens, then you should visit Konchi-in. It's a lovely space. If you are in a rush, you can probably see the whole thing in 10 minutes, but you'll have missed what makes the space so satisfying. There's a delightful koi pond, with two stone bridges, a... More 

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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.