Kanchiin is one of the sub-temples of Toji Temple. It is just inside the Kita-Soumon gate (an important cultural property) of To-ji Temple. The path from the Kitasomun is called Kushige-koji, which is said to be the very width of the road in ancient Heian-kyo.
Kanchiin was a Shingon school. The entrance is just a small one, but it is definitely worth a visit.
The Kyakuden (guest house) of Kanchiin is a national treasure. It is an early Edo period building. In the upper room of the Kyakuden, there are “Eagle” and “Bamboo Forest” painted by Musashi Miyamoto. The main deity of the main hall is Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu, a statue of Bisatsu riding on five animals, which is an important cultural property. The animals are a lion, an elephant, a horse, a peacock, and a kalora (a Garuda), which were brought from Chang’an, the capital of Tang China, by Japanese envoys to China. According to temple legend, Keiun, a monk in the early Heian period, brought them from Chang’an to Anshoji Temple in Yamashina, and Kenpo later moved them from Anshoji and made them the principal images of Kanchiin. All these are prohibited to photograph, so please check the official page of To-ji Temple.