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A new way to experience cherry blossoms in Kyoto.With the "tsumami zaiku" technique, crafting traditional cherry blossoms hair ornaments in Oharibako.

Limited to cherry blossom season! Highly recommended tour that involves both sightseeings and activities.

Kyoto-Chishin has had a long history of introducing all kinds of different activities and experiences. With spring coming around the corner in Kyoto city, it's becoming the perfect season to experience the outdoors. The "Sakura Fair" that runs from the 1st of March to the 15th of April, aims to have you enjoy the seamless collaboration of Kyoto tradition and the stunning sights of cherry blossoms. This seasonal limited tour pairs spring-themed craft workshops with cherry blossom viewing, and a bit of local gourmet sampling. So why don't you spend this spring doing something a little different?

Crafting intricate traditional cherry blossom hair ornaments in Oharibako using the "tsumami zaiku" technique

Let's begin with heading to Oharibako, an establishment located right next to Daitokuji Temple, renowned for having inherited the traditional "tsumami zaiku" technique. With a stunning lineup of "tsumami zaiku" accessories on display, the store's atmosphere is sure to impress. The workshop takes place in a traditional Kyoto residential home with weeping cherry blossom trees gracefully sweeping over a traditional courtyard garden. By this you know you're getting the authentic Kyoto experience.

  1. The popular "tsumami zaiku" crafting workshop usually involves crafting flower and plum blossom themed kanzashi hair clips. However, from the 1st of March to the 15th of April, the seasonal cherry blossom is an option as well. You'll be able to choose the colors of the flowers and their shapes to craft accessories which you may truly call yours.

  2. The cherry blossom accessories made using the fundamental technique of "maru-tsumami" (round pinching) give a soft and graceful impression. With the assistance of artisans, let's craft an accessory that truly matches the season. Please visit the link below if you'd like to learn more about Oharibako and their "tsumami zaiku" workshop.

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More Information.

Name of the activity
Cherry Blossom Tsumami Zaiku Workshop
Price
3,780 yen per person
Time required
Roughly 1 hour
Number of admissions
2~7名
Others
2-7 pax per group
English instructions are available Members below 12 years of age will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Access
603-8215 Kyoto City, Kita-ku, Murasakino-shimomonzencho 25
Tel
075-495-0119

※ his link will direct you to a third-party site.

Buddhist lacquer bowl lunch at Izusen Daijiinten

After working up a sweat at the crafting workshop, we're heading over to the Daijiin sub-temple located in the central area of the Daitokuji Temple grounds. You'll find the shojin-ryori (Buddhist cuisine) restaurant Izusen located within. Enjoying Buddhist cuisine served in teppatsu (wooden lacquered) bowls whilst taking the greenery of the temple grounds makes for a truly refreshing dining experience.

  1. The food served here is served in painted lacquered bowls similar to those used by Buddhist monks during training. The extensive menu features a wide selection of dishes that are delicious and great to look at as well. Furthermore, no animal products are used in preparing the food, so your body will love you for it, too. The "Shojin-ryori Ayame" featured in the photo starts at 3,240 yen, and can be paired with numerous other courses.

■Izusen Daijiinten
4 Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi
+81(0)75-491-6665
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Last Order)
No closing days

Pray that you may marry into wealth amidst the cherry blossoms at Imamiya Shrine

Once you've finished lunch, let's take a stroll to the beautiful Imamiya Shrine, known for its cherry blossoms. The shine's history precedes the construction of Heian-kyo (former name of Kyoto), and has long held faith in the deities of health and sickness. As a result, the Yasurai Festival is held annually on the second Sunday of April. Big demons holding flower umbrellas emerge, contributing to a unique festival atmosphere. These traditions are preserved as they are believed to keep sickness and turmoil at bay.

  1. Although the shrine grounds are graceful, the Weeping cherry trees and Yoshino cherry trees that blossom in the spring by the main shrine are truly a sight to behold. This shrine is also famous for being the shrine linked to the birth mother of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Keishoin.Despite being raised as a simple grocer's daughter in the Nishijin neighborhood of Kyoto, she married her way to affluence. Visitors here often pray for "Tama No Koshi" which refers to the act of marrying into wealth.

■Imamiya Shrine
21 Murasakino Imamiyacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi
+81(0)75-491-0082
Shrine Office 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No closing days

Taking a break with roasted mochi on skewers at Kazariya

After finishing your prayers at Imamiya Shrine, our next must-visit spot is Kazariya, a tea house located on the shrine paths. With 400 years of history, this well-loved establishment is renowned for its freshly roasted Aburi-mochi that costs 500 yen. Rice cake coated in kinako (roasted soybean powder) roasted over binchotan charcoal with a white miso sauce finishing. A wholesome and fragrant dish.

  1. The interior of tea house offers tatami seating with a garden view, but in the spring, it's best to sit outside on a stool. Soak up the lovely spring atmosphere whilst watching visitors make their trips in and out of Imamiya Shrine. Due to its proximity to the shrine, the roasted mochi is known as "Yakuyoke-mochi" for its evil-warding properties. Have a bite, for your belly and for your luck!

■Kazariya
96 Murasakino Imamiyacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi
+81(0)75-491-9402
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Wednesday, unless it falls on the 1st, 15th, or is a national holiday. Closed for the upcoming Sunday instead)

Cherry trees are in full blossom around Oharibako

This cherry blossom experience was planned around Oharibako. Starting with cherry blossom accessories made with the help of artisans, to an authentic Kyoto gourmet experience and finishing with auspicious spots of interest. This year's spring might be the right time make memories that you can carry back home with you.

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