Autumn leaves spot
There is a beautiful zen temple called "Joshokoji" in Keihoku.You can enjoy Autumn leaves without crowds.This temple was founded by the retired Emperor Kogon in 1362. Photos are taken last year on November 16th.It would be a good time to visit around that date.You can escape from hustle and bustle of a city and take time to practice meditation at this zen garden.◎Joshokoji-templeAdress・・・14-6 Ido-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-cityAccess・・・Take a Keihoku Furusato Bus and get of at「山国御陵前」( bus stop "Yamagunigoryo-mae") and 5 mins walk Openning hours・・・9:00～16:00Entrance fee・・・400yen～500yen
A private Autumn leaves spot
Let me share a private Autumn leaves spot "Hiyoshi shrine".(November 16th photo taken)Maples and ginkgo are beautiful.My family got natural high by looking at them.No one is around. So you can do a photo session.If you go up to the road approaching a shrine towards the mountain.You will find the shrine.The shrine is peace and quite.I like this kind of sacred atmosphere that makes me purified.The word from the photo "wish world peace".I wish so too. Come and enjoy private Autumn leaves in Keihoku. Mid-November is good timing.Access is not good, I recommend come there by car.----------Hiyoshi shrineAddress: Kitanotani, Nishi-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-cityPostal code: 601-0276
The way to enjoy Satoyama at Farm stay "Goemon" ②
Continuing on from the previous blog, I introduce a farm stay accommodation "Goemon.One of the attractions of Goemon is the location, and there are many spots to visit within walking distance.A stained-glass workshop gallery YU, wood Crafts where you can make a chair using wood and rope, Hosenji Temple, and the river with fireflies(late-June to mid-July).You can also rent a bicycle at Goemon.But I think the best attraction is the hosts Masanori-san and Nami-san.They have fantastic hospitality.They are very open-minded and easy to talk with. They used to backpack abroad for a long time when they are young. That time they found a really good guesthouse, so they are trying to make Goemon like that guesthouse.That's why good vibes.The other day, when I visited Goemon, I met an internship student who was staying there for a while. And I asked her that "what do you think about Goemon?".She answered,"It's been a really great experience this experience is like real living in the countryside rather than just experiencing the countryside. Masanori-san and Nami-san taking me everywhere, and I was surprised by their natural interactions with neighbors every day. I've met a lot of interesting persons of their friends, and each conversation is very deep and really fun.I study nutrition at university. It's normal for everyone to eat meals together at Goemon. That is very impressive for me. Because I usually live alone, and from the viewpoint of food education, food is not only nutritional aspects, I think important to have good warm vibes for eating place."(Photo from left: Nami-san, Masanori-san, Kanemoto-san) Masanori-san is very passionate about cultural exchange and has great knowledge, and of course, loves conversion with guests.Guests also love conversion with Masanori-san.Maybe now you could imagine what Goemon is like?And now you can check that I'm telling truth or not by staying at Goemon.----------Goemonaddress:2 Kefe, Shimokumada-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 601 0272Free transport to Shuzan Bus Terminal (two Parking lots available)Tel: 075-855-1700mobile: 090-8932-8269HP https://www.banja-kyoto.com/goemon
The way to enjoy Satoyama at Farm stay "Goemon" ①
I think the attraction of Keihoku is that traditional Satoyama life still remains.Then, how can we enjoy that!?As an answer to this question, I would like to introduce you to an accommodation facility 'Goemon' where you rent an old private house.I had an interview with the owner of Goemon Mr. Masanori Tanaka and Mrs. Nami Tanaka.As the name Goemon suggests, you can take a bath in Goemonburo (a type of bathtub) heated with firewood.I think it's very rare to bathe in the Goemonburo that will warm you up to the bone.(What you can see in the middle of the picture is the door of Goemonburo's stove.)The attraction is not only Goemonburo.If you stay at Goemon, it covers all the keywords (Irori fireplace, okudosan (fire cooking stove), firewood cutting, firewood stove, Goemon bath, harvesting experience, cooking experience, wells, etc.) country experience that many people imagine.It's fun to stay overnight without meals, rent a house with family and friends, and spend a relaxing time in private.Kitchenware and tableware are prepared so that you can bring in ingredients and cook by yourself.You can feel as if you have a villa of an old private house. If I think so, it's much cheaper to stay at Goemon than a villa.Of course, you can book meals.You can eat homegrown new rice by Mr. and Mrs. Tanaka from the middle of September. So it's a new rice season.Their farm is just one min walk from Goemon, so you can experience harvesting vegetables. Freshly picked vegetables are the best.Have you ever eaten rice cooked with a fire stove?It's really tasty.I recommend you to have a BBQ at the Irori fireplace for dinner.Isn't it great that you can make a charcoal BBQ with your friends inside the house?You don't have to worry about mosquitoes like outside.They will prepare the meat from Tokiwa meat shop, they only sale Japanese A4 or A5 black beef (wagyu) that we introduced on this blog before.In the winter season, the irori fireplace is great for hotpot using seasonal vegetables.Nami-san is a really good cook.If you stay more than 2 nights, they will serve you a special secret menu by Nami-san.Okudosan's okonomiyaki. It's exquisite.Nami-san is from Osaka, so the taste of Okonomiyaki is real.You can enjoy home cooking according to four seasons. This is freshly fried skewers."What are you going to have next? Please have some more." Nami-san says.It's a happy time to serve freshly fried skewers on a plate.It feels good to be in a daze in this kind of life.Nami-san is also a potter, so you can buy her works.Let me introduce you to my friend from Venus.There is an active well. I will introduce more about Goemon in the latter part on the next blog.----------Goemonaddress2 Kefe, Shimokumada-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 601 0272Free transport to Shuzan Bus Terminal (Parking available)Tel 075-855-1700mobile 090-8932-8269HP https://www.banja-kyoto.com/goemon
Keihoku soul food "Natoo mochi"
Can you guess what's this wooden thing on the photo?This is called "Karausu".We use this tool to thresh grains and pounding mochi(Rice cake) using foot.Using lever rule, this doesn't requied a lot of power to use so even children can use it. Great tool isn't it!?Local NPO "Furusato Keihoku Hokosugijuku" give a mochi making workshop. Members of NPO are senior local masters from Keihoku. They try to carry the local traditions to future generations and vitalizing Keihoku. After pounding mochi, Put natto(fermented soybeans) in it, and put kinako(soybeans powder) around it.Japanese and Korean students joined the workshop this time.They seem to enjoy cultural exchanges.I joined the delicious fun cultural exchange nad had a natto mochi too.Yummy.I had it with brown sugar.Thank you, senior local masters!
Play in the river
It's awesome living in Keihoku, cos it's very easy to access nature.When children are small, their various senses could be developed by playing in nature.I play with my children in nature as much as possible on the weekend.So I went to the nearby river to catch a fish with my daughter.I could see many fishes from the bridge, but they hide to somewhere when we got in the river.We try to fish them for 30 minutes, but we could catch only one.We stop fishing because I got sucked by mosquitos.I found a Japanese fire belly newt in a puddle nearby.You should wash hands if you touch them. And do not touch your eyes and mouth before you wash.Because they have strong poison called the tetrodotoxin. The same type of poison as blowfish (fugu).But Japanese people used to grill and eat them old days. So they should not have so much poison.We brought back them to the home. But they disappeared away from the bucket. Of course, they can climb up.I go to catch them again if I feel like it.I can go to nature anytime which is awesome.Come and play in a river in Keihoku.Everybody can enjoy!
"green tail" makes dogs and you happy
Do you have a dog?If you have one,Imagine your dog is playing freely in nature.Didn't you get smiled just now?Actually, there's a place where dogs can do so in Keihoku.This time, I would like to introduce you "green tail".Green tail is a dog hotel and nursery in the nature of Keihoku.The dogs can learn how to communicate with each other and learn how to discipline while playing in a dog run or in nature.Exercise (playing) and training are done according to your dog's personality, breed, and age, so you don't have to worry.Dogs can enjoy the nature of Keihoku.Mr. Oshima(from green tail) takes dogs to the river in this season.(The pictures are taken by green tail Mr.Oshima.)Dogs can play with snow in winter and fully enjoy nature.If you want use the service, they will pick your dog up and drop you off at your house, so it's easy.Green tail is perfect for people like these below."I want my dog to play in nature or in large places.""I want to develop my dog's socialization (to be friendly with other dogs, etc.) or the ability of puppies.""I want my dog to play with other dogs.""He or she is easy to fight with other dogs.""I'm busy and do not exercise dogs often.""My dog has too much energy.""I want to relax for a day.""I have to go somewhere."and so on.If you think any of them, green tail can help you.Mr. Oshima is friendly and easy to talk to, so please feel free to contact him."Green tail is a place to maximize the happiness of dogs and humans."Mr. Oshima said.On weekends, dogs and owners come to the green tail to play at dog runs, do BBQ and interact with Oshima and other owners.Actually, Mr. Oshima is a photographer specialized in dogs and he takes great pictures of dogs.You can see a picture of Mr. Oshima on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/greengreentail/We have a service that you can buy Mr. Oshima's original poems and pictures by listening to dogs or your story with your dog.Mr. Oshima is an interesting person who tries many things.If you have a problem with your dog, why don't you ask green tail?---------------------------------Dog village green tail5 Hirono, Uno-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto 601 0275, JapanTel: 075-852-1535Mobile: 090-6732-4167HP: http://greentail.main.jp/Face book:https://www.facebook.com/dogvillagegreentail/"fees"Yama-asobi (nursery school)-Small Dog 4,200 yen (the 2nd dog: 3,500 yen) Large Dog 4,500 yen (the 2nd dog: 3,800 yen)Pick up is from 7 AM to 9 o'clock and drop of after 5 PM.-Hotel-1 night 2 days 6,000 yen (7,000 yen for the first time only) ※ 1 week or more with long-term discountWe will pick you up from 7 AM to 9 o'clock and send you off until 10 AM.*The afternoon delivery is 3,000 yen more.*For those who live far away, please consult with us at (city).-Private at-home discipline lesson-4,000 yen for 1 time -chartered the dog run-Reservation required. Please call us.Various Events※ Each season events are announced on the website/Facebook.https://www.facebook.com/dogvillagegreentail/
The fireflies temptation
I was invited to a home party at my friend's house today.The children who were playing outside at night came into the house excited."Hey!! Look, look, I got it."There is a firefly on the palm.Ohh It's beautiful.When I went to the nearby river, some fireflies were frying and dancing. It was chilly outside only 15 degrees because it was raining today. So not many fireflies were flying.(The top photo was taken a few years ago.)Usually, I see a lot of fireflies around this time of year, but I haven't seen a lot of them this year yet. Fireflies come out and fry around 20 o'clock on a warm humid day.When you go to see fireflies, you'd better wear the long sleeves and boots to protect yourself from bugs and vipers in the grass by the river.Please also prepare onion head.The local grandma told me,It is said that people used to bring onion head when locals go to see fireflies.Caught a firefly and put it in the hollow of a onion.It is transparent and beautiful.It's really impressive to see fireflies dancing like crazy. (I mean to see many fireflies flying gently.)How about coming to Keihoku to see fireflies?The spots for fireflies arePlease refer to this map of fireflies in Keihoku. (From the Kyoto City HP)