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  • Have an old cherry tree in Satoyama (farming landscape near the mountains) all to yourself

Have an old cherry tree in Satoyama (farming landscape near the mountains) all to yourself

think many people are planning where to visit to see cherry blossoms this year. Cherry blossoms in Keihoku area is my best recommended place. It's about an hour-drive from the central Kyoto. Here, you can see a nostalgic and peaceful Satoyama landscape in front of you. Several famous beautiful cherry blossom spots dot here.
Keihoku area is a little-known cherry blossom spot and is famous for an old cherry tree and a magnificent cherry tree standing alone. These cherry trees are firmly rooted in the soil and have been blooming for a long time after surviving the cold, harsh winters. Therefore, they have full of vitality. Since the area is not so crowded even during the period of full bloom, you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and Satoyama landscape all to yourself. It is the best area not only to visit families and let your children play as much as they want, but also to visit close friends to be relaxed and refreshed.
In this feature, Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano will guide us Keihoku area and introduce local restaurants and survivor shops where you can have Keihoku's specialties and resting places as well as four cherry blossom viewing spots. Why don't you go on an excursion to see cherry blossoms, do something different from the previous springs?

Access

By car

Drive to Kyoto South IC or Kyoto East IC on the Meishin Expressway. Take the National Route 9 to the Gojo Tenjingawa, and then take the National Route 162 (Shuzan-kaido Road) via Takao. About an hour-drive from the central Kyoto

By public transportation

Take a West JR bus bound for Shuzan to the terminal stop (for about 80-90 mins), and then take a Keihoku Furusato bus from there.

Carefully-selected four cherry blossom spots in Keihoku area with a lofty, beautiful landscape

The cherry blossom peak in Keihoku will come about 10 days later than that of the central Kyoto. Each blossom of the old cherry tree will uniquely present its beauty and the Satoyama landscape with abundant nature will make the area further attractive. I will introduce carefully-selected four cherry blossom spots in Keihoku.

1.Deai Sakura
A weeping cherry tree that is very popular among couples and is believed to bring people gathering under the tree together

A weeping cherry tree impressively stands along the historic, straight passage connecting the tori gate to Hachimangusha Shrine. This about 20m-tall tree is the largest weeping cherry tree in Kyoto. The spot becomes very popular among couples over time for bringing people gathering under the tree together. When standing under the tree whose branches are widely spreading and whose flowers are blooms like hanging down these brunches, and looking up the sky from there, you will see a scenic view of the sky right in front of you as if its color turned blue into pink. Visiting here with your loved one will make both of you feel comfortable and calm. You will feel like the relationship between the two became closer. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night during the peak period will look fantastic. They have a great presence enough to see even in the car when driving. You can enjoy small concerts organized by locals too.

Address: 42 Danjo, Keihoku Kamiyuge-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto (along the passage to Hachimangusha Shrine)
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Tsutsueguchi stop. A two-minute walk from the stop.

2.Maruyama Park: "Night cherry blossoms of Gion" & offspring of Deai Sakura
Magnificently full-bloomed cherry blossoms as if they were watching over people in Satoyama

Did you know that there is a famous weeping cherry tree, which is known as a symbol of cherry blossom in Kyoto and is called "Night cherry blossoms of Gion", at the center of Maruyama Park? This weeping cherry tree is an offspring of another weeping cherry tree called Deai Sakura, which you can see in about five-minute walk straight ahead. Mr. Toemon Sano, who is the 15th generation of renown cherry blossom guardian, planted this tree. Its breed is single-petal, white Edohigan (weeping rosebud cherry) and its blossoms look darker red than those of other cherry trees in Maruyama Park. You will feel like this cherry tree bloomed together with the passion of Mr. Toemon Sano, who has been taking care of the tree like his child. Full-bloomed cherry blossoms that you can see at the residential gardens will blend into the daily sceneries of unchanged Satoyama and offer attractive, dignified presence as if they were watching over people living here.

Address: 6-3 Kumenjo, Keihoku Kaminaka-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto (in front of Kaminaka Public Hall)
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Tsutsueguchi stop. A seven-minute walk from the stop.

3.Kasumi-zakura in Fukutokuji Temple
A renown, elegant cherry blossoms on the platform where you can overlook Satoyama landscape

Fukutokuji Temple was founded by Gyoki, a Buddhist priest, at the request of Emperor Shomu in 711. The building was reconstructed after it was destroyed by the fire in the late Edo period. The temple enshrines three statues that were made in Fujiwara clan era and were registered as Japan's Important Cultural Properties, including the wooden seated state of Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), Jikoku Ten (Dhrtarastra) statue, Zocho Ten (Virudhaka) statue. A weeping cherry tree that is in full bloom in the premises of the temple is 400 years old and was designated as a natural monument by Kyoto City. Chief priest Yasuhiro Terai said, "Each flower of this single-petal weeping cherry tree is small and has a light color. So, it doesn't look gorgeous but it has simple sweetness." It is said that "Kasumi-zakura" was named after the beauty of this sweetness. Since the temple is situated on a platform, you can clearly overlook the greenery mountains and peaceful Satoyama landscape through the cherry blossom view from here. Why don't you fully enjoy a nice relaxed time in a quiet environment and nostalgically think of the good old days? The chef priest added, "There are other cherry trees in the premises of this temple too. So, please enjoy seeing all the cherry trees together with scenic views of Satoyama."

Address: 15 Teranoshita, Keihoku Shimonaka-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-854-0971 (Fukutokuji Temple)
Parking space: Available for 3 large-sized buses & 10 standard-sized cars)
Entrance fee: 300 yen per person for entering the depository for viewing the three statues of Japan's Important Cultural Properties. *Advance reservations are required.
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Simonaka stop. A five-minute walk from the stop.

4.Sakura at the foot of the suspension bridge in Uogafuchi
Keep photogenic views that are unique to Satoyama together with your good memories.

The last cherry blossom spot out of the four is a large weeping cherry tree that stands at the foot of the suspension bridge over the Kamikatsura River in Keihoku area. You will encounter a nostalgic old house, commanding a distant view of Kitayama cedars in Uogafuchi. The area is also famous for fishing Ayu (sweet fish). The weeping cherry tree was planted as commemoration of the establishment of a community group in 1956 so that the tree is about 60 year olds. The tree became bigger over the years. It is now about 12m tall and the branch-width is 22m. You can find unique single-pedal cherry blossoms along the long branches handing down from the tree. This is a special photogenic spot where you can photograph a suspension bridge that is unique in Kansai area and a weeping cherry tree together. Please enjoy seeing Satoyama landscape and take stunning pictures after crossing the bridge.

Address: 22 Yamakiha, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: Take a West JR bus to Shuzan stop. A five-minute drive by taxi from the stop.

Tips from Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano

Key points for enjoying cherry blossom viewing:

I feel as if cherry trees, standing alone or in groups, that have been watching the local history for a long time were telling me the old stories. I enjoy taking with them in my mind like asking them what happened here in a long time ago when viewing them. If the weather is nice, why don't you rent a bicycle at a roadside station Woody Keihoku and cycle around the area?
You can find a variety of attractions in Satoyama with your five senses, including listening to the wild birds chirping towards high in the sky, finding flower and plant sprouts in the local gardens, and greeting to local people with a smile.

Three recommended restaurants offering Satoyama specialties and scenic views of Keihoku

Since people in Keihoku area have treasured the blessing of nature and have developed their unique culture, there are many delicious foods that you can only have here. In this feature, we will introduce three restaurants where you can enjoy scenic views of Satoyama over meals according to the group type: families, groups of female friends, groups having a picnic under cherry trees.

A restaurant recommended for families
Natto Mochi & Soba Kyobuan
You can see a panorama view of Satoyama landscape at the terrace while enjoying a wide range of Keihoku dishes.

Kyobuan opened five years ago by the owner who had operated a Japanese-style restaurant and a café for a long time. The restaurant offers dishes made from a lot of locally-produced organic vegetables. These dishes are very popular among the customers, saying that they can enjoy natural flavors of that vegetables. We had the restaurant's best recommended dishes Soba (buckwheat noodles) and Natto Mochi (sticky rice with fermented soybeans) among the 60 menu items.
The soba noodles served at the restaurant was authentic Juwari soba (noodles made only with buckwheat flour). Buckwheat was finely ground into power and groundwater that was also used for making local sake was added to the powder, and then the dough was carefully kneaded and cut into thin noodles by hand. These noodles provided a smooth texture and easily went down the throat. We felt like we could eat them unlimitedly. The restaurant's manager Daisuke Tajiri told us, "Keihoku is one of Natto's (fermented soybeans) birthplaces in Japan. Eating Natto Mochi as a celebratory Mochi during the first three days of the New Year instead of Zouni (soup made with vegetables and sticky rice) is a tradition here." Kyobuan offers two types of Natto Mochi. One is triangle-shaped sticky rice with natto in it. The other is that sliced roll-cake-shaped sticky rice with Natto and Kinako (soybean powder) and it is served after being grilled, which is the restaurant's original. We really liked freshly-made Natto Mochi that were crisp and aromatic on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Please enjoy the moment that brings your family a lot of smiles at the terrace with soft rays of light while overlooking the mountains, cherry blossoms, and the field completely covered with rapeseed.
350 yen for a set of two different Natto Mochi. If you like, you can have them with either of dip flavors: Mitarashi (sweet soy sauce), Kinako, and salt. 2,300 yen for Saba Kaidou Soba Gozen (mackerel sushi & soba set) that you can have all of the restaurant's recommended dishes. The restaurant offers lightly vinegar marinated mackerel that is almost fresh. In spring, freshly picked mountain vegetables are served as tempura.
If the weather is nice, please enjoy a lunch at the terrace while viewing Satoyama landscape.
Mr. Tajiri added, "The building of our restaurant will be extended by the Golden Week (a holiday week starting from April 29), so we are looking forwards to your visit."

Address: 15-2 Machida, Keihoku Shimonaka-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-854-0030
Opening hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 (L.O), Dinner 17:00-20:00 (L.O)
*Lunch closed on the following day after a public holiday.
Closed days: Tuesdays
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Simonaka stop. A five-minute walk from the stop.
Parking space: Available for 20 lots.

Tips from Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano

Key point of the family-friendly restaurant

Kyobuan is situated in an old traditional house. You can see traditional Satoyama lifestyle here, including a hearth called Okudosan for steaming vegetables and eggs, and a foot-operated mortar called Karausu. It is also fun to go out of the terrace and explore the neighborhood with your children, such as the rapeseed field. A lunch menu and tableware for small children are available at the restaurant. This is definitely a child-friendly restaurant.

A restaurant recommended for groups of female friends
Restaurant& Japanese-style inn Sushiyome
Enjoy dishes as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to your heart's content while viewing cherry blossoms at the Japanese-style garden from a private room

Sushiyome is a small Japanese-style inn with a restaurant that has been operating for around 100 years. It is situated at the bank of Kamikatsura River. Sushiyome started business offering sushi to raft men who carried timbers from the mountains down the river. Its accommodation is available for only two groups per day. Their elaborate customized services became very popular. The proprietress Shuko Kurokawa said, "We ask our guests if they have any dietary preferences when they make a reservation. Then, we will make a menu according to gender and age group and carefully select the flavor and quantity of each dish." The menu will be a surprise on the day when you visit us, because we will use the best local ingredients that are freshly harvested". "Lunch box for cherry blossom viewing" that is the best in spring includes bamboo shoots, mountain vegetables, river fish caught in the upper stream of Kamikatsura River. You will enjoy the feeling of spring with fresh ingredients in the lunch box and you will feel like you became young and beautiful through your body.
You can enjoy seeing magnificent weeping cherry blossoms in the traditional Japanese-style garden from all the rooms. You can stroll around the garden and even extend your walk to the bank of Kamikatsura River after the meal. Please have a special luxurious time and enjoy a tranquil Satoyama atmosphere while listening to the babbling of the stream.
Sushiyome offers three types of "Lunch box for cherry blossom viewing": 3,000yen, 4,000yen, and 5,000yen. Each lunch box will be filled with seasonal ingredients and provide a beautiful presentation.
Ayu (sweet fish) dish and Botan nabe (boar meat hot pot) are popular in summer and in winter respectively. You can enjoy not only seasonal scenic views but also seasonal dishes in a relaxed manner at Sushiyome.
Enjoy viewing our Japanese-style garden that offers seasonal beauty of nature and weeping cherry blossoms over meals at a private room. The proprietress Shuko Kurokawa added, "We value offering elaborate customized services."

Address: 15-2 Nakagaichi, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-852-0032
Opening hours: Restaurant 12:00-19:00, Accommodation check-in at 15:00 & check-out at 10:00
Closed days: 16 August and 1-3 January and irregularly closed
Access: Take a West JR bus to Shuzan stop. A three-minute walk from the stop
Parking space: Available

Tips from Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano

Key point of the restaurant recommended for groups of female friends

Sushiyome is a Japanese-style inn with a restaurant where customers can have a precious time at an authentic Japanese-style private room with a peaceful atmosphere while receiving elaborate customized services. I have dined here several times with a group of my female friends. The proprietress can teach tea ceremony and kimono wearing. Therefore, this inn has a traditional tea room. You can experience tea ceremony for 500 yen including Japanese confectionary. If you are interested in, please inquire about it to the inn.

A recommended shop when you have a picnic under the cherry trees
Keihoku Suehiro
A catering service to Deai Sakura is available. Enjoy Saba (mackerel)-zushi and dishes made with mountain vegetables

Saba Kaido (literally "mackerel roads") is a road connecting Wakasa area in Fukui to Kyoto. Mackerels caught in Wakasa area were marinated with salt and were carried to Kyoto. There are several routes for Saba Kaido other than the famous Wakasa Kaido. Nishi-no (western) Saba Kaido that passes through Takahama-cho in Fukui, and Miyama and Keihoku in Kyoto is one of them. This route played an important role in culture and economy until the early 1900s when the railway opened. A tradition making Saba-zushi at home on a special day has been handed down in Keihoku area. Keihoku Suehiro is a shop specialized in Saba-zushi and has carried on tradition and techniques until now. Their Saba-zushi are made with large-sized mackerels (about 600g each) and locally-produced premium rice named Koshihikari. Fatty, thick mackerel slices go well with soft-cooked rice mixed with vinegar. Their specialty Sugi-zushi is that each Saba-zushi is wrapped in a sheet of thinly shaved local Kitayama cedar. A combination of Mackerel umami and aroma of the mountain will create a unique flavor that you have never experienced before. Its package box made from Kitayama cedar looks stylish too.
A catering service, bringing lunch boxes to Deai Sakura (one minute on foot from the shop), for customers who want to have a picnic under the cherry blossoms will be available since this cherry blossom season. The shop owner Masakazu Hatadan said, "We will bring you a lunch box packed with Saba-zushi, tempura made with seasonal and mountain vegetables, and other cooked dishes together with a bench and a blanket." His service spirit is fantastic. Having dishes under the cherry tree in full bloom will surely make them more delicious.
Sugi-zushi derived from the traditional technique and a new idea will offer an excellent flavor that you never have had before. 3,240 yen for 7 pieces (Reservations required).
1,296 yen for special lunch box during cherry blossom season (mid to late April) is available for only 20 boxes per day (Reservations required). The lunch box includes tempura made with mountain vegetables harvested by the owner and local vegetables, Saba-zushi, and clear soup with cherry blossoms in it.
Please enjoy delicious catering lunch box while feeling spring under the Deai Sakura.
The shop owner Masakazu Hatadan added, "Grilled Saba-zushi marinated in Saikyo-miso (Kyoto-style miso), and yuzu (a type of citrus fruit) and soy sauce is available for purchasing without reservations. Please enjoy Keihoku specialties."

Address: 16 Danjonoshita, Keihoku Kamiyuge-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-854-0113
Opening hours: 10:00-16:00
Closed days: Irregularly closed *catering menu is available only in mid-late April.
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Tsutsuegushi stop. One-minute walk from the stop.
Parking space: Available for 5 lots. *Available for customers who reserve a catering food too.

Tips from Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano

Key point of the shop recommended for groups having a picnic under cherry trees

Many of those who usually don't like mackerel say that they can eat Sugi-zushi. That is probably because deodorant and antibacterial effects of Kitayama cedars used for Sugi-zushi can bring out the best umami of mackerel. Sugi-zushi are widely used such as a souvenir when children go back their home after visiting their parents, and a gift at Buddhist memorial service I truly recommend cherry blossoms in Keihoku area including Deai Sakura. I hope that people will follow rules, such as parking cars at designated spaces and taking garbage home with you, and enjoy viewing beautiful cherry blossoms.

Keihoku specialties that you should try while enjoying cherry blossom viewing

There are a wide range of attractive specialties made with rice and other crops that grow here by utilizing the fertile soil and clear stream of Kamikatsura River, such as sake and Japanese confectionary. Why don't you take some of them home with you together with enjoyable memories here and share these delicious foods and memories with your family and friends?

Japanese confectionary shop
Shiojiken
Classic Kibi Mochi and Kusa Mochi with rich spring aroma that makes you break into smiles

We found a Japanese confectionary shop offering sweets with simple flavors like sweets containing Satoyama's nature itself. Shiojiken is a long-established confectionary shop starting 1916. The shop has been favored by locals for a long time. The fourth-generation owner Haruhisa Takajo starts preparation early in the morning and makes Mochi one by one with great care every day. The shop's most popular confectionary Kibi Mochi (yellow millet dumplings) have been sold for 50 years. Steamed rice flour and millet are kneaded together with sweet paste made with large-sized red beans produced in Hokkaido and cinnamon, and then cut into bite-sized pieces. Cinnamon aroma, refined sweetness, soft and fluffy texture of Kibi Mochi will smoothly melt through your mouth right after you take it into your mouth. Its deliciousness is beyond description. The owner Takajo said, "We offer Kibi Mochi whose flavor is unchanged all year round by adjusting the amount of pressure and duration when kneading the dough by hand, such as firmly in summer and gently in winter."
Kusa Mochi is famous as spring confectionary. Mugwort grew in Keihoku area and hand-picked by the owner provides intense aroma. You can definitely enjoy the lumpy texture of Kusa Mochi. The owner told us its secret, "I roughly chop mugwort to bring out its texture and combine it with the smooth texture of sweet red bean paste." His Kusa Mochi is so popular that some customers contact the shop for asking if Kusa Mochi are already available around the time when a cherry blossom season approaches and many regular customers come to the shop for buying Kusa Mochi every year, saying "We came again this year." Talking with the sweet and talkative owner is also one of attractions that his customers enjoy.
Kusa Mochi made with mugmort grew in Keihoku and sweet red bean paste is 140 yen each.
Kibi Mochi with cinnamon aroma and a soft texture is 150 yen each.
The fourth-generation owner Haruhisa Takajo is friendly and loves talking.

Address: 16 Kumenjo, Keihoku Kaminaka-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-854-0012
Opening hours: 7:00-19:00
Closed days: 1 January
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Simonaka stop. A six-minute walk from the stop.
Parking space: Available

Local sake
Haneda Shuzo
Impressive local sake made from the blessings of Keihoku nature, including aroma of Kitayama cedars and a flavor of the clear stream.

Haneda Syuzo has been producing sake for more than 120 years. The flavors of the brewer's sake reflect clear, crisp air derived from the surrounding mountains where Kitayama cedars grow, undercurrent water from the upper stream of Katsura River, and extremely cold winter. Sake rice named Iwai-mai (literary, "celebratory rice") grows in the rice field in the premises of the brewer. The workers have been handed down its traditional production procedure for a long time, including making rich soil for rice, harvesting the rice, and using wooden barrels for brewing.
The best-selling sake since its opening, Hatsu Hinode (literary, "the first sunrise of the year") is essential on the New Year's Day and special days. The brewer released new-brand sake named Kyo& Kitayama Haneda so that customers can enjoy sake on ordinary days. Haneda Shuzo increases its funs throughout Japan. The brewer opened a sake-tasting room in June 2018, where people can try freshly-brewed sake. The room has large windows like a wall and offers an open atmosphere. You can spend time at the terrace if the weather is nice. There are two sake tasting courses: Junmai and Ginjo. You can try three different sake during each course. Each sake offers a clear, crisp flavor when you have a glass of wine into your mouth. It goes very well with delicate Kyoto-style dishes made from broth.
President Masatoshi Haneda told us, "Keihoku area has middle hard water at 130ppm. Fushimi area, which is also in Kyoto, has soft water at 60-80ppm. Please try groundwater used for making sake too". When we tasted it, it had a clear crisp flavor like the sake too. We felt that water, air, and soil in Keihoku are essential for making local sake and they create unique flavors of these sake.
Junmai course: Keihokuyama Haneda (Junmai sake), Rikuyu (Junmai Ginjo Genshu), and Soko (Junmai Daiginjo)
Ginjo course: Keihokuyama Haneda (Junmai Daiginjo), Hatsu Hinode Kioke Shikomi (Ginjo), and Hyoon Kakoi (Daiginjo)
President Haneda poured us sake. 500 yen for tasting three different sake including miso as a snack.
The photos: President Masatoshi Haneda on the right and Chief brewer Kenzo Kirishima on the left who gave us an opportunity to interview them

Address: 20 Simodai, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-852-0996
Opening hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last admission for sake tasting is at 15:30)
Closed days: Wednesdays, Summer holidays, and New Year's holidays
Access: Take a West JR bus to Shuzan stop. A three-minute walk from the stop
Parking space: Available

Roadside station
Woody Keihoku
A roadside station offering full of delicious foods in Keihoku and great access to cherry blossom viewing and sightseeing spots.

Woody Heihoku, located along National Road 162 in the central Keihoku area, offers a wide range of local products including fresh, seasonal locally-produced vegetables, local specialties such as Natto Mochi and Saba-zushi, and crafts made of Kitayama cedars. The location is easily accessible to cherry blossom viewing and sightseeing spots. Since rental bicycles are available, it is also recommended to cycle around the area while feeling the spring breeze.

Address:1-1 Kamiterada, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-852-1700
Opening hours: 9:00-18:00
*Rental bicycles are available for 500 yen per bike between 9:00-16:00. Adult bicycles only.
Closed days: New Year's holidays
Access: Take a West JR bus to Keihoku Godo Chosha-mae. One-minute walk from the stop.
Parking space: Available

Tips from Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano

Key point for utilizing the Woody Keihoku!

Woody Keihoku is the first must-visit spot when you arrive at Keihoku area. You can take a break when driving, use public toilets, have a drink at the café area, and purchase snacks, lunch boxes and beverages. Since it is surrounded by locally famous cherry blossom viewing spots on every side including Sakura Namiki (the lines of cherry blossom trees), you can have a fun time by just strolling around the area. Recently, creators who moved Keihoku area from all over Japan sell their works or host workshops here. Please check the detailed information.

Two recommended routes where you can fully enjoy cherry blossom viewing according to the group type!

We made two recommended routes depending on the group type: families and groups of female friends, and groups having a picnic under cherry trees. Please refer to these routes when you make a plan for cherry blossom viewing.

Itinerary①

A recommended route for families and groups of female friendsSchedule

  1. 10:00Have a break at Woody Keihoki
  2. ↓8 mins by car
  3. 10:20Deai Sakura
  4. ↓1 min on foot
  5. 10:40Maruyama Park: "Night cherry blossoms of Gion" & offspring of Deai Sakura
  6. ↓1 min by car
  7. 11:00Buy Japanese confectionary at Shiojiken
  8. ↓3 mins by car
  9. 11:15Fukutokuji Temple
  10. ↓2 mins to Kyobuan or 10 mins to Sushiyome by car
  11. 12:00Have a lunch at Kyobuan or Sushiyome
  12. ↓7 mins from Kyobuan or 2 mins from Sushiyome by car
  13. 14:00Sake tasting at Haneda Shuzo
    ※Please note that drivers and persons under the age of 20 are not allowed to do sake tasting, because the consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden for them under the law.
  14. ↓10 mins by car
  15. 15:30Sakura at the foot of the suspension bridge in Uogafuchi
  16. ↓5 mins by car
  17. 16:30Buy souvenirs at Woody Keihoku

Itinerary②

A recommended route for groups having a picnic under cherry treesSchedule

  1. 10:00Have a break at Woody Keihoki
  2. ↓5 mins by car 
  3. 10:30Sakura at the foot of the suspension bridge in Uogafuchi
  4. ↓15 mins by car
  5. 11:30Park the car at Keihoku Suehiro
  6. ↓2 mins on foot
  7. 12:15Deai Sakura Have a catering lunch of Keihoku Sueshiro
  8. ↓1 min by car
  9. 13:30Buy Japanese confectionary at Shiojiken
  10. ↓3 mins by car
  11. 14:00Fukutokuji Temple
  12. ↓7 mins by car
  13. 15:00Sake tasting at Haneda Shuzo
    ※Please note that drivers and persons under the age of 20 are not allowed to do sake tasting, because the consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden for them under the law.
  14. ↓2 mins by car
  15. 16:30Buy souvenirs at Woody Keihoku

Satoyama Advisor Megumi Asano

(Accountant at Incorporated Association Satoyama Design)
JMs. Megumi Asano worked as a JICA volunteer in Jiangsu Province, China to teach Japanese preschool education methods and techniques. She moved to Singapore and worked at an international preschool for two year and practiced early child education. After marriage, she moved to Keihoku area and is living here for 15 years now. Satoyama Design plays an important role in connecting new comers to the local community. She also lunched an event organization called "Oyako Nikori Workshop (smile workshop for parents and children)" together with other mama friends to host events where families can enjoy. She is in charge of planning, organizing, and promoting these events.

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More and more cherry blossom viewing spots in Keihoku area!

There are more attractive, popular cherry blossom viewing spots other than the four spots mentioned here. Why don't you visit some of them when visiting Keihoku?

Sakura Namiki (lines of cherry blossom trees) in the upper stream of Taniyashita Bridge

You can have a clear view of two lines of about 80 cherry blossom trees from Taniyashita Bridge that crosses Yuge River, which supports the lives of the people in Keihoku area. The surface of the river turning into light pink during the period of the full bloom will look incredibly beautiful. It is recommended to enjoy the view while walking through the pedestrian trail or cycling along the river.

Address: Kawanabe, Keihoku Simoyuge-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Simoyuge stop. A five-minute walk from the stop.

Weeping cherry blossoms at Housenji Temple

About 20 cherry blossom trees dot in the premises of the temple, including Kannon- zakura, Heian-shidare-zakura, Kongou-zakura (Uwamizu-sakura), and Omuro-zakura that was transplanted from Ninnaji Temple. Especially, the beauty of full-bloomed Beni-shidare-zakura (a type of weeping cherry blossom tree) standing on the hill is breathtaking. Sakura Festival is annually held around mid-April when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Manpuku Bazar, a market where you can buy local vegetables and foods, such as Zenzai (sweet red bean soup), Oden (one hot pot dish with various ingredients), Sakura-zushi (sushi wrapped in a cherry leaf), Kusa Mochi is also held during the festival.

Address:15 Higashitan, Keihoku Shimokumata-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81-75-852-0407 (Housenji Temple)
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Minami-machi stop. A five-minute walk from the stop

A magnificent cherry tree at Gyokurinji Temple

This magnificent cherry tree stretches out its long branches freely in front of the temple gate as if it welcomed visitors.

Address: Nishi-machi, Keihoku Tochimoto-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: Take a Keihoku Furusato bus to Tochimoto. A 10-minute walk from the stop

Ohno Dam Park (Miyama-cho)

The park is the west gateway to Miyama-cho where thatched houses stand in harmony with the abundant nature. More than 1,000 cherry trees planted by locals are beautifully in full bloom in spring. Ohno Dam Sakura Festival is held in the park in mid-April every year. You can enjoy illuminated cherry blossoms and fireworks at night. Local hot pot dish will be served free of charge.

Ohno Dam Sakura Festival
Date & Time: at 9:00-17:00 on 6(Sat)-14(Sun) April
*Fireworks on 13 (Sat) and opens until 21:00
Contact: +81-771-75-9110 (Information desk of Ohno Fukou Association)
*Parking fee (only on Sat and Sun): 500 yen *for supporting local environmental conservation programs

Address: 48-5 Nakanoyama, Miyamacho Kashihara, Nantan-shi, Kyoto
Tel: +81-771-75-0833 (Ohno Dam)
Access: Take a Nantan City bus at Wachi Station on the JR Sanyo Main Line to Ohno Dam (for 15 minutes). Right in front of the stop.
Parking space: Available

A recommended place to visit in Miyama-cho
Roadside station【Miyama Fureai Hiroba】

Miyama Fureai Hiroba is located along National Route 162 and was selected as a model roadside station offering excellent services in November 2016. A wide range of local specialties are available at Furato Miyama. Gelato and cream puffs made from Miyama milk are especially very popular and you can purchase them at Miyama-no-Megumi Milk Shop.Tourist information center, rest space, and toilets are available at this roadside station too.

Address: Agake, Miyama-cho, Nantan-shi, Kyoto
Tel: +81-771-75-0190
Opening hours: 8:30-17:00(October-March) and 8:30-18:00(April-September)
Closed days: Every Wednesday from December to March and opens daily from April to November
Access: Take a Nantan City bus at Hiyoshi Station on the JR Sanyo Main Line to Agake (for 40 minutes). Right in front of the stop.
Parking space: Available

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WORK SHOP

  • Pottery Workshop

  • Wood Craft Workshop1

  • Wood Craft Workshop2

  • Stained Glass Workshop

  • Leather Craft Workshop

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