Shisen-do was created in 1641 by Jozan Ishikawa a samurai, poet and landscape architect as a hermitage where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. The dry garden of the temple was designed by Jozan Ishikawa himself. The ground of the garden is covered with a thin layer of fine sand, instead of using a rake the sand is swept with a broom which leaves delicate, beautiful lines, curves and circles. Clipped azaleas, another element of the garden composition erupt into pink blossom in spring time. And “borrowed scenery” of the maple trees on the hillside behind the garden burst into fireworks in November. Thus the garden is resplendent all year long. Stone stairs lead to a lower stroll garden with a small pond.