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At Kyoto Station, take JR Nara (9 & 10).
Go one stop east to Tofukuji Station. Transfer from the JR to Keihan line.
Proceed to Track 1.
If the arrow points to Shichijo, then you're on the right side.
Trains leave every 10 minutes.
North up the stairs from the Keihan line leads to Eizan's Demachiyanagi Station.
Both lines pass Ichijoji Station (E04), so pick the one leaving soonest.
Eizan's Ichijoji Station is between Chayama and Shugakuin Stations.
You can watch for this multilingual sign too.
Ichijoji Station is a modest local station, but serves its purpose.
Exit at the front of the train to get your ticket validated or you will be stopped.
It's not as far as it looks.
Approaching the Shirakawa-Manshuin intersection.
The view north on Shirakawa. A bus stop, a bakery, and a pharmacy are a short walk up.
Bus riders join us by disembarking at Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho.
Once you've reached the Shirakawa-Manshuin intersection, you'll know you're on the right track.
K is the only convenience store in the area, so stock up before going east on Manshuin Michi.
All of Ichijoji's attractions are well-signed in Korean and English too.
Watch for Ichijoji Nakatani on the right hand side.
Ichijoji Nakatani sells excellent omiyage (souvenirs) that represent the area well.
The Shisen Mochi represents Shisendo and tastes good too.
Musashi Miyamoto gets his treat.
I never stayed at the Maggie B. Bed & Breakfast, but thought it might be helpful to share this info.
Wabisuke: great soba, cold beer, and friendly owners who love their Hanshin Tigers.
Continue east on Manshuin Michi.
The map might be weathered, but it keeps you oriented.
The proprieter of this shop is sweet. Most of her goods are chilled, so refrigeration can be an issue.
The (in)famous Ichijoji Pine that marks the spot of one of Musashi Miyamoto's best-known duels.
A memorial to Musashi Miyamoto. Perhaps his victims too.
An ad for Hachidai Shrine (honouring Musashi) which is right beside Shisendo.
This torii is an important landmark as you head east up the hill to Shisendo.
From left to right: "Shisendo," "Tanukidani," and "Enkoji."
Shisen '92: Resembles Shisendo in no way whatsoever.
This sign points you to Konpukuji Temple. A must for haiku fans of Matsuo Basho & Yosa Buson.
This is the road to Konpukuji. It's a small temple, but worth the detour.
This building marks the side road to Enkoji Temple (and Manshuin beyond).
Enkoji displays some personal effects of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
This is the road to Shisendo. You're getting close.
The Old Plum Gate of Shisendo. You have arrived.
All are welcome from 9:00 to 4:45.
You've gone too far if you see Hachidai Shrine first. Note the parking booth to the left if you're driving.
When you're ready to leave, avoid Kyoto Bus due to limited service.
Take the City Bus instead. #5 passes many famous sites on the way downtown.
As you can see, it runs far more regularly.
They even give you an E.T.A. for the next bus. See you again!