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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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  • Soan Ishikawa jozan built in 1641, the 隠棲 for 31 years. It seems given the cold shoulder in violation of military discipline to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the 隠棲 soon as possible. Unique ideas is felt all over the place. Is different from the gardens of a type common in the Edo period. House of culture. What Prince Charles and Princess Diana to visit here! And this is good taste. I think it was 500 yen admission fee. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited in homes so 5 stars did not.
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  • See 11/30 the last autumn and I went. Some still remained, but another is the end.
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  • That means you will do so, but this time go to Kyoto goes to see the fall foliage. At the same time going in the crowd. This is a set. So aflame with autumn garden, to many of those who I said freaking goodness in half. For this garden is small, cramped rewire. Crowd take pictures of autumn foliage is visible. Not only to remember the beautiful footage of the long-awaited coming attractions, including myself who is, you want to leave a record. It is human after all what you're bad. Never runs out of sight even when it becomes, I think, not to do? Will be considered.
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