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.
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.