Shisen-do is a delightful little temple in the northern part of the Higashi-yama mountains.

The temple name is Rokuroku-zan, Shisen-do Jozan-ji, of the Soto sect of Buddhism. It was originally a residence built-in 1641 by Jozan Ishikawa, an attendant to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Jozan was a man of culture and a tea master. He also knew how to use a sword.

This is one of the great gardens which use shaped azaleas rather than rocks. It is also a stroll, from the house down thru the garden on stairs and paths.