Momoyama and Edo; originally founded in 1202 (Heian period)
Grounds open daily, but sub-temples are closed to the public; permission to enter can be obtained by writing in advance
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Established in 1202 by Eisai (1141-1215), this is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. There are two gardens here, the Hojo and Ryosoku-in, a sub-temple. The Hojo is a dry, karesansui garden built in the the Momoyama period. Ryosoku-in's garden is quite different, with lush plantings, a pond in the center and two tea houses.
Years ago I went into retirement
and built this place beside the mountain.
Among the trees there is no worldly noise;
beneath the eaves, the tranquil flow of a stream...
Ishikawa Jozan founder of Shisendo trans. by Jonathon Chaves 17th century