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Shisendo Temple is of Soto Sect and was originally built by Jozan Ishikawa in the Edo era (1603-1867). Mr. Ishikawa was a bureaucrat and the father of Japanese Sencha green tea. It is said that he lived a secluded life at the temple until his death at the age of 90. He is also known for being a landscape gardener alongside the likes of Enshiyu Kobori, with dwarf azalea blooming in the gardens at the beginning of summer, and beautiful maples trees turning the environment red in fall. Not only that, but the bamboo forest which surrounds the approach to the shrine, as well as the buildings covered in moss, and the drooping branches of the trees all combine to create a modest and simple, yet extremely beautiful and relaxing environment. Come here to cleanse your soul and relax.
27, Ichijoji Monguchi Town, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
9:00 am - 5:00 pm *Last entry at 4:45 pm
May 23rd (Jozan Memorial Day)
May, Jun., Nov., Dec.
Approx. 20-minutes from Kyoto-Higashi Interchange on the Meishin Expressway
Approx. 15-minute walk from Ichijoji Station on the Eizan Railway line
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