A stroll along Sanjo Dori, which was the "west starting point" of the Tokaido Highway in the Edo period. (Tokaido 53 refers to the 53 post towns on the Tokaido Highway, which runs about 500 km from Nihonbashi in Edo to Sanjo Ohashi in Kyoto).
Sanjo Dori was the main street of Kyoto in the Meiji and Taisho periods, as modern buildings such as banks and post offices were built one after another. Many retro and modern buildings remain, making it a great place to take a stroll.
The red brick Nakagyo Post Office, built in 1902, is a registered tangible cultural property of Kyoto City. It was designed by Shigenori Yoshii and Shiro Mitsuhashi.
Annex of the Kyoto Culture Museum, completed in 1906. Important cultural property. Designed by Kingo Tatsuno, who also designed the Marunouchi Station Building at Tokyo Station. Formerly used as the Kyoto branch of the Bank of Japan.
"Nippon Life Kyoto Sanjo Building". Also designed by Kingo Tatsuno. Completed in 1914, it is a Tangible Cultural Property registered in Japan.
"SACRA Building". Former Fudo Savings Bank Sanjo Branch. A nationally registered tangible cultural property completed in 1915. Designed by Nippon Kenchiku K.K., the company that Yotaro Sekine joined. Fudo Savings Bank became Japan Saving Bank, Kyowa Bank, and now Risona Bank.
The "1928 Building" was completed in 1928. The building was designed by Goichi Takeda as the former Kyoto branch of the Mainichi Newspapers. It is a registered tangible cultural property of Kyoto City.
Sanjo Dori between Karasuma Dori and Teramachi Dori was designated as a scenic area by Kyoto City.
As walked up Teramachi Dori to Nijo Dori, saw a French bistro with a long line of customers. Will have to come back next time.
While walking along Dote-machi Dori, which leads to Marutamachi Street, found Izuju Kita Mise restaurant. Their mackerel sushi seemed very popular.
Immediately had mackerel sushi for lunch.
The owner chef was very particular about using only mackerel from the Sea of Japan. The mackerel were said more muscular than those from the Pacific Ocean and had a completely different texture.
Walked down Marutamachi Dori to the destination for the day, "Lindenbaum". It is famous for its charcuterie, so bought two kinds of patties.
On the way home, bought AKI SAKE Owl Label from Mie's Kankoubai Sake Brewery at Takimoto, a sake store on Rokujo Street. It was a lightly foaming, refreshing sake and was delicious. Enjoyed the night in Kyoto, where the summer heat still lingers.
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