Feb 28, 2017

Arashiyama walkabout

Arashiyama is one of the most well known tourist destinations in Kyoto - bamboo forest, monkey park, hot spring or just the unique atmosphere in general.

I decided to go exploring a bit more of Arashiyama area apart from those famous spots.

Walking 30 mins from busy central area to the north, you can find this quiet beautiful temple called Otagi-nenbutsuji. It was quite interesting to see Arashiyama with less people on the way, eventually got zero tourist, temperature dramatically dropped, we felt like we were in the forest.

So what makes this place unique is not only the location, but the crazy number of Jizou statues they've got. 1,200 of them with different faces and unique poses, that were pretty peaceful and lovely but kind of spooky at the same time.

It's going to be a nice small walk in the mountain, and I didn't see any foreigners there which was very rare experience in Kyoto. We saw a lot of cherry blossom trees lining up at the temple, and must be very beautiful with Autumn color too!


Feb 25, 2017

Special Vegetarian Restaurant

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

My topic today is my recent discovery, 『Onikai』, vegetarian restaurant.
They will surprise you with the art of vegetables produced in Kyoto.
Lots variety of vegetables are turned into creative dishes and they are all beautifully arranged in the plates and are so delicious !

Furthermore, you can see the chef cooking meals inside of the open bar counter.
The place is so cozy and they have many private spaces separated by walls so you can come different occasions with workmates, friends or boyfriend or girlfriend.

You'd better secure seats before coming!

Business hours: 6pm to 1am (last order 12:30am)
Holiday : Thursdays
Address: 388 Komeyachō, Shijō-agaru, Kawaramachi, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Thank you ☺