A bamboo entrance to a beautiful garden in an architectural landscape
Unlike other temples, the entrance is gated with bamboo which are blended in with the surrounding greenery. Look out for the gate opening to a stone staircase leading up to the garden and main building. When at the main building, take off your shoes and approach the counter to pay the entrance fee. Once entering the main building, there will be a beautifully maintained Zen garden.
Shisen-do was established in 1671 by Jozan Ishikawa, a scholar and a landscape architect born to a samurai family. He was 59 years old when he constructed Shisen-do as his hermitage. Many people visit here during May to see the blooming azalea flowers or the foliage during autumn.