Today went for a walk in the Higashiyama area. First, went to "Maruyama Park", famous for its weeping cherry trees. The oldest park in Kyoto. Since the park is adjacent to Yasaka Shrine, often walk around the area, passing through the park to "Nene no Michi".
Until the Edo period (1603-1868), this area had a different topography than today, consisting of a flat plain and the Momoyama fault cliffs at the back, but in the Meiji period (1868-1912), the famous gardener Jihei Ogawa and the famous architect Goichi Takeda created a gentle slope and developed it into a park. The park is now a popular place for citizens and tourists to relax and enjoy.
At the top of the park was a famous restaurant, "Mizai", with three Michelin stars. Heard of it, but the first time to pass by it.
On the top of the cliff, there was a restaurant called "Sa-Ami". In the Edo period, before Maruyama Park was built, there used to be six restaurants on the steep slope of the cliff with a great view: Gan-Ami, Ren-Ami, Ya-Ami, Sa-Ami, Shou-Ami and Ju-Ami. Today, only Sa-Ami remains.
Ya-ami became a hotel in the Meiji era (1868-1912) and later became the present Kyoto Hotels.
A little further down the road was "Kikunoi", located beside the Otani Ancestral Shrine of Higashi Honganji. It also has three Michelin stars.
The area behind Maruyama Park has long been a gourmet town in Kyoto.
Returning to Kiyamachi Street, found "BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO". Apparently, this is the only gelato store from Italy.
Stopped by and had a pistachio gelato and a maccha green tea affogado. The pistachio flavor was strong. Also bought some paste.
They also also has a kawadoko (river bed), but it was closed today because of the rain.
"Tsurigitsune", a shop specializing in inari sushi, had opened in Gion. It is operated by Biju Corporation, which manufactures and sells the famous confectionary "Otabep". Biju seems to have collaborated with "Gion Tsujiri" of tea for sweets, and "Saga Tofu Morika" for inarizushi.
The soup stock was rich and juicy.
Tamagawa unfiltered unpasteurized sake from "Kinoshita Shuzo Brewry" in Kyotango, purchased at Takimoto on Rokujo Street. Junmai-shu (pure rice sake) with a 77% milling rate, and has a rich and crisp taste. This is a sake brewery introduced in Seiji Rokkaku's "Nomi Tetsudou Line: Japan Trip".
A day spent enjoying a delicious walk in Kyoto.
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