The Missus was rarin' to go during our first full day back in Kyoto. We'd put in a it of mileage on this day, but She did let me (us) catch the Keihan Line two stops to Demachi Yanagi. We got out, had a quick cup of coffee and headed East. Thru a few winding streets somehow ending up at Hyakumanben Chion-ji Temple.
From which we were to get our bearings and head back down Higashioji-dori taking a turn onto Imadegawa-dori.
In spite of being a pretty large street, things were very quiet on this morning, with very few people, and this rather unhappy fellow around.
We knew we were getting close as the street went over the river.....
And then we were on a path with signs.....the beginning of the Philosopher's Path.
Leading us to the gate to Ginkaku-ji.
And a sign I love......"No Selfie Sticks"!
Basically named the "Silver Pavilion", patterned after the Golden Pavilion (we'll get there one of these days), Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu built his retirement home on he grounds.
After Yoshimitsu's death the complex was converted into a Zen Temple. That's the Silver Pavilion above......strangely, there's not much "silver" going on here.
However, we found the grounds to be quite impressive; especially the "Ginshadan".
Actually, we found the grounds to be quite tranquil and lovely......there comes a time when I need to stop typing and just let you enjoy the photos.
Looks just like a movie set.
And the view from the hill behind all the structures is quite pretty as well.
We left feeling relaxed.....
And headed down the Philosopher's Path.
And coming across this sign.....
Headed up the zig-zag road.....
To the gate of Honen-in Temple.
Which seemed to frame the fall colors perfectly.
And spent a few minutes.
Before heading back down that street and to the Philosopher's Path.
Before we were interrupted by Typhoon Vongfong on our previous visit. I had planned having a lunch at a place that did Obanzai; basically a place that made seasonal dishes, many of them simple, rustic, and vegetable based, created to minimize waste. The dishes I saw just reminded me of stuff I ate growing up. this was almost the antithesis of the very popular Kyoto Kaiseki.
Just simple, home style dishes....soul food, if you will.
The place I chose was Mimasuya Okudohan......which had a display of "yasai" (vegetables), displayed outside a typical Machiya in the area north of Nishiki Market and the shopping arcades.
There was no one waiting when we arrived at opening time. The fragrance of steaming rice permeated the air as we were seated.
There was a simple two multi-course menu for lunch.
Like the "okazuya" I grew up doing take out from, things were prepped and set-up for a quick service.
And the place filled up fast.
We got one of each of the two lunches.
So many of the flavors were so familiar to me...and the Missus, since I make quite a bit of Japanese nimono style dishes at home. What we really remember is how good the rice was here....I mean, really fragrant, slightly nutty, just amazing.
And the miso soup....more of a red (aka) miso, with a savory bite to it.
One of the lunches came with a not so traditional dessert.....which the Missus enjoyed as well.
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