Another northern temple far from the beaten track, Shisen-do Temple is the perfect choice for visitors who want to escape the crowds that plague better known spots.
Zen Karayo garden of Shisen-do temple: Kanisorn Pringthongfoo / Shutterstock.com
The name Shisen-do means “hermit’s retreat” and this is an apt name for this quiet little temple hidden up in a residential neighborhood not far from equally pleasing Manshu-in Temple. It’s got a fine karesansui (dry gravel “Zen”) garden which is lined with azaleas that burst into colorful bloom in the spring.
27 Monguchi-cho, Ichijo-ji, Sakyo-ku
9am-5pm, last entry 4:45pm
Closed May 23
High school students: \400
Junior high and elementary school students: \200
Non-smoking area: Yes
5min walk from Ichijoji-kudari-matsumachi Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station
Official Website (English)
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Shisen-do Temple is located in Kyoto’s Northern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Northern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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