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Shisendo Temple, Kyoto

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Sit on tatami mat and experience masterworks of Japanese gardening at Shisendo Temple. The temple, established in 1641 by a key Japanese philosophers and landscape architect Ishikawa Jōzan, was created to highlight serenity and intimacy. Portraits of 36 Chinese poets decorate the main room. The temple's gardens boast camellias, water lilies, irises, rhododendron, hortensias, and mountain cherry. The garden features a soze, a water-powered bamboo device designed to scare large herbivores with its occasional clunking sound. Exquisite dry and stone landscape architecture earn these gardens a title of "poet's gardens." Plan to visit Shisendo Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kyoto attractions using our Kyoto day trip planner .
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  • September 19, 2017
    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...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    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 t...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Leisure Garden, ceiling decorative works Poetry man 畫, sitting on the wood flooring we cool we cool taste patterns in the Chamber, Ting Xu full of water bamboo knock after the click happen by ringing Sheng 響, also falls under the slippers appear on Park's popular walk. When it is summer, I really want to when a glimpse of red leaf in the autumn Wind-production
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