Hidden Zen Garden Immersion

by An Design

Public experiences are in English unless specified as otherwise

  • Location
    Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration
    1h 30m (Public) / 1h 30m (Private)
  • Group Size
    Up to 20 guests (Public) / 20 guests (Private)
  • Language(s)
    • English


Experience the power of nature and art while you virtually travel to Japan and immerse yourself in the Zen garden at Konchi-in. We will occupy one of Kyoto's magical and sacred spaces created hundreds of years ago by Zen monks, artists, and nobles. Led by an American Japanese garden specialist who has worked in the gardens of Kyoto, as we virtually stroll through the garden you will hear deep insights into your surroundings that will allow you to appreciate the Japanese garden for much more than just it’s physical beauty.

As this is very much an interactive experience, throughout our time together you will be encouraged to share your thoughts or ask questions.

※In the online experience you will visit:

※The main grounds of a major Japanese Zen temple

※A pond and waterfall garden

※A miniature moss forest

※A shrine dedicated to a powerful samurai

※A hall dedicated to the founder of this temple

※The “Garden of the Turtle and the Crane”

As this is very much an interactive experience, throughout our time together you will be encouraged to share your thoughts or ask questions. Once we are finished you will certainly never see stones, plants, and water in the same way again.

Public Experience Private/Custom Experience
Who You will be one of several joining the experience from across the globe. Exclusive experience for you and/or your party
Interaction You will get a chance to ask questions, however, the guide will be attending to all participants. You will get more one on one time with your guide throughout the experience.
Experience Standard, curated for the public. You can make custom requests to your interests.
When Choose from an available time. Choose from an available time slot or request a specific date and time.
Reduced pricing available with subscription! Learn more

Preparing for your Experience

※ Immersive and relaxing. Great for families, private groups, and team-building events.

※ A shorter format is available upon request.

※ This online experience is hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Once you have made your booking you will receive an email with a link to the experience that you will join using a web browser or the Zoom app.

※ For a fully immersive effect it is recommended you join this online experience with a computer, tablet or project it onto a large screen. It is not recommended you join by smartphone.

Meet Your Guide

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Andrew William
An Design

Hello, I grew up in the Washington D.C. area with deep interests in Eastern philosophy, nature and art. After completing a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture I worked in Dever, Aspen, Seattle and Hawaii building large scale residential gardens. Eleven years ago I moved to Kyoto to apprentice in a 300 year old traditional Japanese garden company where I learned the traditional techniques of garden design and construction from the masters. In 2017 I founded An Design, a Japanese garden consulting and tour company. Having received over 1,300 5-star reviews, An Design has become one of the highest rated tour companies in Kyoto. Drawing on the deep interest I have in the topics I present  I am able to provide experiences for my guests that are unique and from the heart. Come with me on an adventure away from the regular tourist route and immerse yourself in the exquisite and mystical nature of Kyoto.