To Kyoto, where the fresh greenery was beautiful. Kuramadera Temple. Remember the last time came here, the cable car was under repair and had to walk up to the top of the mountain.
Drove about an hour and a half north from Kyoto city to Hanase, a place wanted to visit.
Climbed a mountain road that was steeper and narrower than expected, and were surprised when finally entered Hanashi. To the surprise, the cherry blossoms were still in bloom.
It's a Shangri-La with cherry blossoms.
The wild cherry blossoms were in full bloom. This year, stayed in Sapporo during the cherry blossom season, so not expecting to be able to see the cherry blossoms.
Worshipped Hanase Jinja Shrine, and for some reason could not find a offering box.
The temperature was much lower than in the center of Kyoto. The view of cherry blossoms in full bloom continued.
The final stop of the day, the famous "Miyamaso". This is where the road dead-ends. Miyamaso is a historic ryokan (Japanese restaurant and hotel) established in 1895, and is the family home of popular cooking expert Ms. Chizuru Ohara. This time, had a preliminary look.
Returning along the same mountain road, bought sakura mochis and mame mochis at "Demachi Futaba" on the way back. It was the first time to try sakura mochis here, but the Domyoji flour was fresh and chunky, the sweetness just right, and the aroma of the cherry leaves softly fragrant. It reminded of the cherry blossoms in full bloom on the back. The any seasons in Kyoto are always delicious.
Went to Asano Sake Shop to buy tonight's sake. They have a great service where can try most sakes before buy, so can be sure. After much deliberation, bought a bottle of Sanrensei from Mifuku Shuzo Brewery. The one on the left is made with Ginfubuki (rice) from Shiga Prefecture and the one on the right is made with Suisei (rice) from Hokkaido. Both were delicious and made the room a superb space.
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