Shisendo is a branch temple of Eiheiji Temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism, where Ishikawa Jozan lived until his death in 1672 at the age of 90. Ishikawa participated in the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. And quit the warrior’s life after the Summer Battle of Osaka in 1614. Afterwards, Ishikawa wrote poems on the portraits of 36 Chinese poets, which gave rise to the name Shisendo.
Shisendo is especially popular for its sophisticated garden. The garden is beautiful with satsuki (Japanese azalea) in late May, hydrangea in June, and autumn leaves in fall.
Model course to visit Shisendo Temple
Beautiful temples dot the mountainside of the Ichijoji Area. The Ichijoji area is a little north of Ginkakuji Temple. Compared to the famous Ginkakuji, the number of tourists is much smaller and you can enjoy the quiet temple gardens.
Climbing up the slope from the Shisendo entrance, you will find Tanukidani-san Fudoson. It is a Shugendo temple with a unique and mysterious atmosphere.
The great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi visited the nearby Hachidai shrine and fought his famous duel.