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Shisendo Temple

#70 of 1,000 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 27 Ichijoji Monguchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8154, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful Fall Colors!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 visitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 to scare deer from the garden but adds some lovely acoustics! Walk through the garden... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 residences that are so impressive , yet this is a gem. It is a must... More 

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Takarazuka, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles 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:)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 be Hachidai Shrine. From here we looked down into a garden with colorful fall foliage.... More 

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Kawasaki, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and not climb up.

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つくば市 Tukuba Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

This is a mountain cottage built by Jyozan Isikawa in 1641, but now it is related to the Eihei temple of Daihonnzan Soutou sect. The garden is small, but has everything what you would expect in a Japanese garden. It is just beautiful! By the time we visited (middle of February), red Camellias were blooming, and mosses were green. The... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Shishendo was not on my list. Our guide and driver of MK Taxi recommended it when we visited nearby Enkoji. I am so thankful to him for suggesting this place. One of the best gardens we visited in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Went during autumn. The garden is amazingly beautiful. Both of us agreed that this is our favourite of all. Sitting at the tatami enjoying the peace and beautiful sand and maples.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Visited by the price and princess of Wales many years ago we took the opportunity when nearby to pop in for a quick look stayed much longer than intended as a really nice interesting garden and temple area well worth a visit

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