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Shisen-dō Hall 詩仙堂

Shisen-dō Hall, Kyoto (© Route16 - Fotolia.com)
Shisen-dō Hall

Shisendō is a delightful little temple in the northern part of the Higashiyama hillside.

It was built in 1641 by the poet Ishikawa Jōzan (1583-1672) as a moutain retreat for hermits. It now belongs to the Sōtō sect of Zen Buddhism.

The temple is famous for its Japanese azalea ("tsutsuji") garden in spring and its tranquility, away from the hordes of tourists.

Shisen-dō Temple, Kyoto
Shisen-dō Temple, Kyoto

Opening Hours & Admission

The temple is open everyday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is ¥500.

How to get there

Shisendō is located about 2 km north of the Ginkaku-ji.

The nearest station is Itchijoji (一乗寺) on the Eizan main line (叡山本線). From there, walk about 1 km eastwards toward the hills.

Shisendo Hall, Kyoto
Shisendo Hall, Kyoto
Shisendo Hall, Kyoto

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