On the morning of the last day in Kyoto, went to Arashiyama, a scenic spot known for its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves since the Heian period.
The harmonious beauty of Arashiyama with its seasonal changes, Oigawa River, and the elegant Togetsukyo Bridge was beautiful, and the place has been a recreational spot for the people of Kyoto since the time of Emperor Kammu (737-806). Mt. Arashiyama in autumn colors seen from Togetsukyo Bridge.
According to the oldest historical book in Japan, "Nihon Shoki" (Chronicles of Japan), in 487, Tsukuyomi-no-mikoto dedicated the land of Ura-Arasuda to the gods, and the mountain here was called "Mount Arashi". Tsukiyomi Shrine, located at the end of Matsuo Taisha Shrine, was built at the time of dedication. Since then, it has been mentioned in waka poems by many famous poets, like Fujiwarano Teika.
Tourists returned to this Kyoto's popular tourist spot, which was deserted during the Corona time.
「やどしもつ 月の光の大沢は いかにいつとも広沢の池」（西行法師）
Near Arashiyama, went to Hirosawa Pond, one of the three most famous ponds in Japan. The pond has been known as a place to watch the moon since the Heian period (794-1185).
Cherry blossom trees with autumn leaves.
Hirosawa Pond was constructed in 989 by the priest Kancho, the grandson of Emperor Uda. The area around the pond has been designated as a "landscape protection zone" by Kyoto City, preserving the scenery from the Heian period. At first glance, it looked like an ordinary pond, but when realize the scene remained unchanged for over 1,300 years, it looked different.
Back to home, went to Shijo-Kawaramachi. When walked up Akezu Dori from Gojo Dori, saw Inaba Yakushi (Byodoji Temple) in front. A temple of the Chizan sect of Shingon Buddhism.
The statue of Yakushi Nyorai, brought back from Inaba by Tachibana Yukihira, the dispatched governor to Inaba, is the principal object of worship at a temple.
Normally took a detour to the right and went up Higashinotoin Dori, but today took a detour to the left and strolled along Akezu Dori. On the corner of Takatsuji-dori was a delicious Italian restaurant, "Cenetta Barba", which visited many times. A famous restaurant that serves downtown Roman cuisine.
Looking back, saw the back gate of Inaba Yakushi in front. The gates used to be closed all the time like this, so they called it "Akezu Dori" (closed gate street).
Continue on to the end of the street. Beyond the end and the detour to the right was the Kaiseki restaurant "Wagokoro Izumi," which visited the other day. Delicious. Akezu Dori ended at the next street, Bukkoji Dori. North of Anenokoji Dori, the street changed its name to "Kurumaya-cho Dori".
After returning home, had "Kaze no Mori 807" from Yucho Shuzo in Nara in the evening. Purchased at Asano Sake Shop. It is a refreshing, slightly fizzy sake brewed with Akitsuho, Nara's rice for sake brewing.
Then had "Gangi Hatsushibori" from Yaoshin Shuzo in Yamaguchi. Gangi was always a repeat purchase at Asano Sake Shop. It was a great sake that could be used both during and after a meal. Happy to enjoy this delicious sake while remembering the wonderful autumn leaves and foods in Kyoto.
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