To the main branch of "Tankuma Kitamise" restaurant, quietly standing by Takasegawa River.
The first customer, so got to the counter seats.
Had cold sake of their brand "Kumahiko" brewed by Haneda Shuzo in Ukyo Ward. Clean and dry taste.
Sesame tofu. Chewy and delicious.
The cold sake was transferred from the bottle to a beautiful copper container.
Half-moon lunch. Appetizers, sashimi, vegetables boiled, and rice in one bento box. In addition, a miso soup bowl.
Sitting at the counter seat was successful, as could enjoy talking with the restaurant owner and chef. Heard every time there are diplomatic visitors at the Kyoto State Guest House, which visited the other day, the restaurant owner and staff go there to cook several times for them. Correspond to the differences in food culture and preferences of each country. He laughed that he is often called for difficult guests. From the coordination with the visitor country staff to the food services of the day, a lot of carefulness seem required since no mistakes are allowed.
From the counter, enjoyed the owner chef's handling a large red snapper from Akashi sea.
Kuzumochi dessert with black sesame. Even for the simple lunch box, this is the finest restaurant where can enjoy high-quality foods and personalized services. It's a famous restaurant , but didn't feel the snobbishness and enjoyed talking and eating very comfortably. The quality and service are the most important in such a difficult time of corona, and this is the store that would like to visit again
In the afternoon, visited the Sento Imperial Palace, which always passed by. Headed to Kyoto Imperial Palace through the clam gate of Kyoto Gyoen National Park.
Passed by Kenreimon Gate of Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Historically, Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace has been used as a residence for the(resigned) Emperor since the Emperor Gomizuno.
Went inside and moved to the Omiya Imperial Palace. With 24 rooms and all air conditioned, it is still the active lodging place when the Emperor family come to Kyoto. There are dedicated cooking staff for the family here.
The vast garden was by the famous garden designer, Kobori Enshu. However, Emperor Gomizuno did not like it so much that he made big changes. Was explained that could understand why he did not like it a little later.
A view of North Pond from near the Omiya Imperial Palace.
View of Momiji Bridge from North Pond.
To South Pond. Yatsuhashi Bridge on the left has a wisteria trellis. On the right is Suhama Beach, which is covered with pebbles donated by the Odawara domain.
A waterfall on the other side.
On the other side of the pond is a stone cliff where the original style of Kobori Enshu remains. Emperor didn't like it because there were too many lumpy stones.
View of Suhama Beach and Yatsuhashi Bridge.
Seikatei tea room. It is said as 3 stores, as it is a facility for enjoying tea, meals and alcohol.
Nichigetsu lantern in the garden was donated by Kiyomasa Kato.
Yushintei tea room. Urasenke-style tea room relocated from the Konoe family grounds.
A very well maintained Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace's residence and garden. There is also Tokyo Sento Imperial Palace, but just wonder if any royal family would live here in the future.
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