A walk in sunny Kyoto in fall #7: Rokkaku Dori.
The street stretching from east to west, where Shiunzan Chohoji Temple or Rokkakudo, the navel of Kyoto, is located. It corresponds to Rokkaku Koji in Heian-kyo. Headed west from Seiganji Temple in Shinkyogoku. Formally Fukakusa-yama Seigan-ji Temple.
The head temple of the Seizan Fukakusa school of the Jodo Buddhism, founded in 667 by the order of Emperor Tenchi. Emperor Tenchi is known for the Jinshin War (672) between he and his younger brother, Emperor Temmu. Remember that the current emperor and crown prince are also brothers. Hope they get along well.
Recently, fashionable cafes and shops opened along Rokkaku Dori, making it a fun street to stop by.
A large "North Face" store.
"Kurashiro Miso" shop. The shop carried more than 30 kinds of miso from all over Japan, and it looked like a good gift. Would try it next time.
"Choya", a specialty plum wine store. A plum wine making experience store opened by Choya, and was crowded with young people. The history of Choya dates back to 1914. The company's predecessor was a winegrower who used to brew wine and brandy, but in 1959, it caught the attention of the Japanese culture of plum wine and started manufacturing and selling it.
"Blue Bottle Coffee" on the corner of Higashinotoin Dori. Recently, more Blue Bottle Coffee shops opened in Kyoto. There was Starbucks on Nishikikoji Dori nearby, but Rokkaku Street is quieter. Blue Bottle Coffee was said influenced by the coffee shop culture in Japan. But Kyoto, with its deep-rooted coffee shop culture, should be a good match to it.
On the corner of Karasuma Dori is "Shiunsan Chohoji Temple (Rokkakudo)", which gives the street its name. It is an independent temple of the Tendai Buddhism.
To the right was a cafe, and to the left was a hotel (Candeo Hotels) that was a rebuilt old Kyoto house. When the sale and demolition of the "Kyu Ban Juraku (former Ban family residence)" was reported in 2019, concerns were raised because this was where "Jomyoyama", one of the floats of the Gion Festival, stands.
A local grocery store. When saw Kyoto vegetables, wanted to buy them.
The site of the former Mitsui Money Exchange Store, located at Shinmachi Dori and Rokkaku Dori. This was where the Imperial Palace of Emperor Gotoba used to be located. At the beginning of the Edo period, Takatoshi Mitsui, the founder of the Echigoya kimono store, opened a money exchange store in 1686. According to the description, Takatoshi Mitsui made this place the headquarters of his money exchange business that spanned the three capitals of Edo, Osaka, and Kyoto, moved his own residence here, and spent his later years overseeing the business.
In the evening, had a relaxing beer at "Minokichi", a restaurant with a great view at Kawaramachi.
Had a Kyoto-style Kaiseki dinner box. Today's Rokkaku Dori walk was full of excitement.
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