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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." To visit Shisendo Temple and get the most from your holiday in Kyoto, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kyoto itinerary builder.
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  • Simply just fantastic! I was almost alone in January and could take very much time to look at the shrine and absorb the atmosphere. The garden is also beautiful us even free of charge. For the shrine to be paid 500 yen what is ok, even if the shrine is relatively small compared with other systems.
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  • Kyoto piled heavy snow in a long time. Scale Hall in the afternoon visited the Golden Temple was made in the morning people en masse were a scattered people able to take and enjoy the beautiful garden.
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  • Located in a quiet mountain up the hill from the city center. It went past the once so quietly at the entrance gate. Watching the garden from inside the building, and occasional big room sound. You could go out in the garden and close look at. That was was almost falling autumn leaves, ground red carpet, beautiful. Come back again because I heard the rhododendrons of may, 11-fall foliage season is great.
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