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"This month's plans" offers you some ideas to visit and feel at peace during your stay as well as enjoy seasonal events in Kyoto. They are mostly in outdoor, including some mountains, so that you can enjoy a green and healthy stay and save money as well!

Shisendo Temple (詩仙堂)

Shisendo Temple

Shisendo Temple was founded by Jozan Ishikawa (1583-1672), who was known as a personal attendant of the famous shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa and also as a scholar of Chinese classics. This temple used to be the hermitage of Jozan and about 75 years later, the Buddhist priest of Shingon sect assigned to hold the ownership of Shisen-do. It’s famous for its garden with some round shaped azalea and the room with 36 paintings of Chinese poets.
This temple is located on the route of Kyoto Circuit Trail, so you can take a rest here after hiking while strolling the temple garden.

GTK also recommends Chishakuin Temple (智積院) to see azalea and unique Chinese style garden.
(see the details of Chishakuin on the GTK page:

At Unryu-in Temple (雲龍院) in the Sennyu-ji Temple Ground, visitors can enjoy not only beautiful azalea in the garden but also one of Buddhist trainings. This is called shakyo to transcribe a Buddhist sutra with 262 characters in kanji.
For the details, please see GTK blog:

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Events Schedule

Flea Markets

  • Every 4th Sunday
  • Kamigamo Shrine
  • Handicraft market in peaceful and quiet grounds of the shrine.
  • Every 15th
  • Chion-ji Temple
  • 8:00-16:00
  • Kyoto's biggest monthly market of handmade goods and crafts.
  • Every 21st
  • To-ji Temple
  • 7:00-16:30
  • Known as Kobo-san, Kyoto's largest market for all kinds of antiques, tools and so on.
  • Every 25th
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • 7:00-16:30
  • Known as Tenjin-san, a popular flea market at one of Kyoto's major shrines. Antiques, food, tools and so on.

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