Savouring Kyoto’s delicacies
Many of the restaurants and dessert shops situated near temples and shrines were established to serve pilgrims. So, why not explore some of the highlights in the city along with nearby local delicacies? Japanese sweets, soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles), and even a glass of local sake and an outdoor hot spring bath will make your day a perfect retreat.
The view from the approach makes you stop walking. The maple tree bent over the stone pavement like an arch. Inside, the garden composed with minimum elements mainly moss and trees shows the fine contrast of lights and shadow. The simplicity of the design will compel you to spend longer time here than you thought. Powdered green tea is available.
Visitors will notice the sweet, savoury smell on the approach to the Imamiya Shrine. Many follow the smell, which leads them to this traditional Japanese dessert shop. Their famous ‘aburi mochi’ is a small soft rice cake. It is made by covering a rice cake with roasted soy bean flour and charcoal-grilling it for a moment, then covering it with white miso (fermented soy paste). It is simply a delight.
This shrine is located just north of the Daitokuji Temple, and its red torii gate is unmistakable. The historical background of this shrine concerns the mother of the 5th shogun of the Edo period, who undertook to rebuild this shrine with all her energy, and succeeded. She was from a family of vegetable merchants, yet ended up being the mother of the Shogun. Visitors who hope for a good marriage and ‘tama no koshi’ (to marry someone who is far above him/her in social station) come here to pray and to honour her.