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Shisendo Temple

27 Ichijoji Monguchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8154, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-2954
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27 Ichijoji Monguchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8154, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-781-2954
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sprawling garden includes a Zen style white sand garden rimmed with azalea, and a stroll garden which spills down the hill to the rear of the house. Even though this is in the middle of the city, the peaceful gardens retain a rural quality....More

Thank travellerfromatown
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shisendo locates north-east corner of Kyoto, not completely off the beaten-track but in a secluded residential area. This is a small villa built by a 17-century samurai, reflecting core spirits of Zen buddhism -unflappable, intuitive and enlightening. The garden here is impeccably sedate and tranquil,...More

Thank Groovy-Zen66
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The site is relatively small and remote from the center of Kyoto. It's such a charming place and we got peace of mind sitting at the Tatami while reading the well-known classical Chinese poetry from the wall (photos not allowed) and enjoying the colorful garden....More

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful villa. Perched up high above Kyoto, up some steps and into the beautiful grounds with water features. Check the kitchen out (see photo) just outside the kitchen is a well. Visited by Charles and Diana, there's photos, we attempted to take a...More

1  Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Although I passed by several times, it was my first time to visit this temple. Ichijoji is a quiet and undisturbed nice place. But as I went for red leaves viewing, there were overcrowded with tourists. I will go back again, when there are less...More

1  Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Visited in the middle of November and the fall colors were at peak! The view of the garden from the temple is spectacular. A bamboo tone fills from a fountain then spills over, making a "pop" noise as it swings back around. This was used...More

Thank jlab4949
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Away from the maddening crowd Shisendi is so calm and peaceful! This was a private residence and is perfect expression of Sukiyaki residential living style for the noblemen of the last century that we can still experience today. So different from the temples and Imperial...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I went the temple with my friend. I wasn't expected anything but it was kind of big more than I thought. And l like small pond with black koi. There are many kind of tree and flower which was very lovely:)

Thank erikamix
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We walked down then up from Enkoji, following our map, looking for Shisendo. We stopped to photo a rustic gate and continued on looking for Shisendo. We entered the small grounds of a shrine complex thinking it to be Shisendo but it turned out to...More

2  Thank hfot2
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Both Shisendo and Manjuin have beautiful garden but the former has bigger one and you can walk around there. Highly recommendable. You need to walk in this area and my recommendation is Shisendo-Manjuin-Shuugauin in this way and not opposite way. Thus you can climb down...More

1  Thank Keizo
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