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This is famous for being the place where Miyamoto Musashi and Yoshioka Seijuro fought. A monument has been set up, but years of pine tree growth has literally taken over the area. This is also the area where Kusunoki Masashige set up an encampent during the warring years.
There may be many people who have not heard of Konpuku Temple. The grave sites of Goshun, Keibun, Aiko Getto and Buson are located here. Murayama Takao's grave can also be found here. This is a smaller temple, but being buit into the slope of a mountain makes it rather unique. Because of the location on a mountain, there is a view of the city from the graveyard!
The white sand and azaleas in this garden a quite impressive, and is highly recommeded during the Cherry Blossom and Autumn Foliage seasons. The designs found in Shogetsuro are very interestesting themselves.
Heading northeast from Shisendo, you will be approaching Manshu Temple. You will pass several fields along the pleasant walk.
The gate front area at Manshu Temple is famous for the foliage season, but the combination of mountainside and Cherry Blossons is also a site to see during the spring.
Just beyond the river is the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. In order to visit, a prior application for admission is required. This can be done online or by mail. May be a little troublesome, but it is free of charge and the visit is quite enjoyable.
You may be a little surpirsed at seeing the little field located upon entering the gate. The view from the pavilion which is said to be the same height as Kyoto Tower is quite beautiful.
Keep heading north from here and you will come upon Renge Temple - the distance is quite far, so you may want to catch a bus from Shirakawa Street. You can either hop on from the Shugakuin Rikyu Michi stop or from Eiden Shugakuin Station.
Distance: About 4.5 km Time: Approx. 2 hours