Shisen-dō (詩仙堂?) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō Zen sect in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. It is registered as a historic site of Japan. It stands on the grounds of its founder, the Edo period intellectual Ishikawa Jōzan (1583–1672), who established the temple in 1641.

A room in the main temple displays portraits of thirty-six Chinese poets. The selection of the poets was based on the opinion of Hayashi Razan. The portraits were executed by Kanō Tan'yū. This and some other parts of the building date to the time of Ishikawa Jōzan.

The temple's gardens are considered masterworks of ) plays a recording of the sōzu at Shisen-dō.

See also

  • For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.



This article incorporates material translated from 詩仙堂 (Shisen-dō) in the Japanese World Heritage Encyclopedia, retrieved on January 10, 2009.

External links

  • Shisen-dō Homepage
  • Photos of Shisen-dō

Coordinates: 35°02′37″N 135°47′46″E / 35.043744°N 135.796241°E / 35.043744; 135.796241