A beautiful day in Kyoto, went to Sanzenin Monzeki Temple in Ohara, one of the five Tendai Monzekis, where the head priest is from the imperial family. The Yuseien Garden, where the Oosei Gokurakuin Temple (Important Cultural Properties) enshrining the three statues of Amida (National Treasure) is located, had wonderful moss garden. It is a popular tourist spot because of the beauty of the changing seasons: cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in spring, hydrangeas in summer, autumn leaves, and snowy scenery.
Most stores are closed due to the state of emergency declared by COVID, and Ohara was quiet with few visitors.
In the early summer sun, the garden seen from Chushoin was beautiful.
The sun shining through the trees in the garden covered with moss was beautiful.
The Oosei Gokuraku-in Temple is an Important Cultural Property. The three statues of Amida enshrined inside are National Treasures.
The fresh greenery of Kyoto at this time of year is simply dazzling. It reminded of a TVCM that said, "We are lucky to have Kyoto in Japan.
Walked down Sanzenin Road a bit to find a place for lunch. Visited "Shino Shomon" on Sanzenin Road, a restaurant that serves delicious lunches with Kyoto vegetables, and found it was closed due to the state of emergency.
The store next to the restaurant was open, so bought some shiso dressing and other items.
In the village of Ohara, the spring harvest of rape blossoms was over, and the planting of shiso perilla was about to begin for the summer.
Tonight, took out dinner boxes and other items from the Shimogamo Sato Restaurant store to the hotel.
For sake, bought Junmai unfiltered undiluted sake from Obata Shuzo Brewery in Niigata and Junmai Ginjo from Kusumi Shuzo Brewery in Niigata. Niigata makes good rice, so its sake is the best. Even if choose based on intuition, there are many sakes that go well with foods. It was a day to enjoy the quiet old city.
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