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Shisen-do (Jozan-ji Temple)

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A bamboo entrance to a beautiful garden in architectural landscape
Not quite like the other temples, the entrance is gated with bamboos which are blended in with the surrounding greenery. Look out for the gate opening to 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 for 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 in 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 leaves leaves during the autumn season.
Beautiful Zen Garden
Beautiful Zen Garden
Peace and calm are what this Zen garden emits. Listen carefully for the sounds of sozu, a bamboo tube that makes a sound as it automatically empties the streaming water. A calm sensation flows through Shisen-do, especially in a quiet early morning. The garden has a soft visual that can be observed from zangetsuken, a room with tatami floor where visitors can sit down and just enjoy the scenery.
Kamado (Kuri)
Kamado (Kuri)
Another unique part of Shisen-do is the old Japanese kitchen area. Look for it right next to the space where shoes are taken off at the entrance. Currently not in use, but it is incredible to look at the structure of the kamado oven, once used as a significant tool of people’s everyday lifestyle. Make sure to take off the shoes before walking on the wooden decks.
Walk Out To The Garden
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Walk Out To The Garden
After going through the main building, walk out to the garden following this narrow path with the shoes on. If you have trouble locating it, ask the staff before walking out. Follow the sound of sozu mentioned in “Must See – Beautiful Zen Garden” section above.
Walk On The Stone Bridge
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Walk On The Stone Bridge
Look for the stone bridge when out in the garden. Because the founder was a landscape architect, the premises of Shisen-do is full of architectural discoveries. Since 1716, Buddhist priests have been taken ownership of Shisen-do, and since 1743, it has been assigned to Zen Buddhists succeeding to its current form.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not walk on wooden decks with your shoes on. Also be careful not to step into any prohibited areas.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Shisen-do Temple is in the Ichijoji area, in a quiet place a little bit far from the closest station. The entrance is so small that if you are not careful you may accidentally walk by. When you go in, you are surrounded by tall bamboo and a mysterious air. The temple grounds are really quiet so you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, which is why this place is one of my favorites.
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Shisen-do (Jozan-ji Temple) / 詩仙堂
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-781-2954
Address 27 Monguchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions 13-minute walk from Eizan train Ichijo-ji Stn
Open Hours 9am - 5pm (must enter by 4:45pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed May 23rd
Price range
Adults: ¥500 High school students: ¥400 Elementary and middle schools:¥200
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Brochures available in English
Information Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
URL1 http://www.kyoto-shisendo.com/

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