Kyoto's Konchi-in Temple and Garden

A delightful getaway from crowds just outside the gate

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Part of the Nanzen-ji Temple complex, Konchi-in Temple and its Tsuru-Kame Garden (Crane-Turtle Garden) feels like a secret little hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto on a busy day. Many people walk by and look in through the temple's fence, but few come in to enjoy the quietude and tranquility. The walk from the Main Gate to the sand garden follows a meandering path that is about 100 meters long. Stop along the way and enjoy the delights that only space of this kind can provide. And then there is the Zen-ness of the sand garden to meditate on as well.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: