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Shisen-do (Jozan-ji Temple)

Travel Guide - Shisen-do (Jozan-ji Temple)


Shisen-do (House of Poet-Hermits) was built in 1641 by Ishikawa Jozan. He was a former retainer for Tokugawa Ieyasu, and eventually became a scholar of Chinese classics in the Edo Period (1603 - 1868). He built this hermitage as a place for retirement at the end of his life. Shisen-do was originally called "Ototsuka", which means "a residence built on unlevel land".
A room in the building displays portraits of thirty-six Chinese poets painted by Kano Tanyu. Jozan was also known as a landscape architect, and the Japanese garden with white sand was designed by himself. Visitors can relax by viewing the beautiful garden while hearing the rhythmic "thwack" of a bamboo Sozu, a kind of Shishi-odoshi (wild animal scarer).
Today, Shisen-do is also used as a Zen temple of the Soto sect named Jozan-ji Temple.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:00 - 17:00


  • May 23

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 500 yen (General, Adult)
  • 400 yen (High School Student)
  • 200 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 45 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #5 bus. Get off at Ichijoji-Sagarimatsucho Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 27, Ichijoji Monguchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8154


YK20 @2ponderful - 2019-10-31
Shisen-do Temple/ Kyoto
Shisen-do Temple, located in northern Higashiyama of Kyoto, a less-traveled part of the cit… https://t.co/bo2CesqcJ3
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2019-05-14
Though information is sparse, it seems that Hiraiwa Senzan (平岩仙桂) created a small temple. Over time this would beco… https://t.co/Xvp01MXwOP
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2019-05-12
This time's trip was like a trip walking through fresh green. The first day's route; Kinpukuji Tempele #金福寺 →Shisen… https://t.co/A4Yt1PzEU3
Mika Daniel Turrell @TurrellMika - 2019-05-08
Fall in Shisen-Do Temple, Kyoto, Japan https://t.co/MAdkn2Pw1r
I Will Visit Japan @iwillvisitjapan - 2019-04-21
A peaceful moment at Shisen-dō (詩仙堂) Temple in Kyoto

Photo: lotus.m.lotus / IG https://t.co/LvjfWNf8F8
サンエス / three trees design @3s - 2019-04-19
“Do not enter”
If you see this sign at the shrine or temple, you cannot get in😉

Shisendo, Jozenji Temple.
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Photographer @russelwongphoto - 2019-04-18
Shisen-do Temple ( 1641 ) is one of my favourite places to visit and shoot. This is a Bushiest Temple of the Zoto… https://t.co/UglQpv2UMt
Silentsword, a cosplay lawyer @Cinderforgsword - 2019-04-11
@Yokai_Parade There is a temple in the east of Kyoto (in a dead end behind Shisen-do) called Tanukidani. They greet… https://t.co/6H0fs8LNiE
S. J. Pajonas @spajonas - 2019-01-06
Shisen-do Temple garden with autumn colors: copyright Damien Douxchamps https://t.co/Wv0DTl7AIg
S. J. Pajonas @spajonas - 2019-01-04
Shisen-do Temple garden with autumn colors: copyright Damien Douxchamps https://t.co/wBeSD5DGAs
S. J. Pajonas @spajonas - 2019-01-01
Shisen-do Temple garden with autumn colors: copyright Damien Douxchamps https://t.co/1kpNR2IuHa
Manu Z @manusmenucom - 2018-11-24
Shisen-do temple.

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Delphine Dora @delphine_dora - 2018-10-24
Amy Cutler and Delphine Dora live at Café Oto (17th Oct 2018), performing a miniature piano piece inspired by templ… https://t.co/YjTjEIfP4x
Inside Kyoto @InsideKyoto - 2018-10-15
Photo of the Week: Shisen-do Temple garden with autumn colors
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Olivier Stoiche @japankudasai - 2018-10-12
📍 Shisen-do temple, Kyoto

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Astronaut / Lurker @Shiroki_Alex - 2018-01-31
The entrance to Shisen-do temple, Kyoto https://t.co/TtnZMRG134 #lovejapan https://t.co/kyDtfgQwgM
Phaidon @Phaidon - 2018-01-08
Officially named Hōtotsu-ka, meaning ‘residence built on uneven land’, the name of Shisen-dō Temple is derived from… https://t.co/uPfEgNrSxI
Vajrakaya @vajrakayat - 2017-12-20
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RoMaN S @GazociaG - 2017-06-15
Looks wonderful! So calm and peaceful #japan
'@AestheticsJapan: Shisen-do Temple | by zen_temples on Instagram https://t.co/UU4cvNn9wj'
日本 @AestheticsJapan - 2017-06-15
Shisen-do Temple | by zen_temples on Instagram https://t.co/RWtqEfnP4c
Kyoto Lovers @KY0T0L0VERS - 2017-05-11
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2017 5 10

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Kyoto Lovers @KY0T0L0VERS - 2017-05-11
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2017 5 10

She is a traveler from Taiwan.👩 I often meet traveler from overseas at quiet templ…… https://t.co/dPlAURMduW
Kyoto Lovers @KY0T0L0VERS - 2017-05-10
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2017 5 10

When it rains it makes me want to go to Shisen-do temple and Enkoji temple.☔ Pruning…… https://t.co/BghXYQJsQW
Kyoto Daily Photo @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2017-02-03
...name of Hiraiwa Senzan (平岩仙山) eventually took over the retreat. It became a temple called Jozan-ji (丈山寺-now affiliated with Soto Zen).
JoJoTheModern @JoJoTheModern - 2016-11-19
Autumn at Shisen-do Temple, Kyoto (pic: Patrick Vierthaler https://t.co/alPOLWKb2C ) https://t.co/LF6J6Nw4lP
David Stolarz @DavidStolarz - 2016-10-28
Yogacara - Buddhist Philosophy of the Nature of Experience: Shisen-do Temple, Northern Higashiyama, https://t.co/wQCjPeiYqh
Astronaut / Lurker @Shiroki_Alex - 2016-10-19
Early morning in Shisen-do temple, Kyoto https://t.co/YqwwUHMvwx #beautifuljapan https://t.co/h26ZNABZ4F
yidilian @yidilian - 2016-08-26
Japan PIC: 藤 - 詩仙堂 / Shisen-do Jyouzan-ji Temple - Active-U posted a photo: I want to introduce to the world, K... https://t.co/z1jYyz13pz
Tokyo 16.4°C @chikuri_tw2 - 2016-05-30
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Greg ROBOTIC Coleman @GCBotZer0 - 2016-05-24
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