Jan. 28, 2016 UPDATE
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Leading You to Plum Blossom's Season in Kyoto
Part 4

Suggested Model Course

Suggested Model Course
Have you become interested in visiting this area now?
For people like you, we’ve handcrafted a model course perfect to maximize your enjoyment in the area. The course is based on the “golden course” used by locals when they visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and its surrounding areas. We’ve carefully selected the best and most interesting shops, organizing them in an efficient way for you. Give the course a try!
You are also certain to set your eyes on some other interesting shops while traveling around. The district is also dotted with countless other small and wonderful shops. If time permits, open the doors to some of these and take a peek inside - unexpected delights are surely waiting for you.
A | Kitano Tenmangu-Shrine 【10:00am~11:00am】
If you take the city bus, you should be able to get off almost directly in front of the Kitano Tenmangu-Shrine. If nothing else, you should pay a visit to the temple. In the right season, you can admire the plum blossoms and then head out for a stroll. For lucky visitors planning visits on the 25th, pass your eyes over the shops that line the shrine on that day. You may not even have time to pray at the shrine!
B |Oimatsu 【11:00am~11:30am】
Even among the many traditional, well-established Japanese confectionery shops in Kyoto, this shop stands out as one of particular status and tradition. The many beautiful and lovely sweets depict the seasons, and they will delight your eyes before you eat them. In olden times, confectionery from this shop was presented at events and ceremonies of the Imperial Court.
Oimatsu protects and passes down long-standing tradition and offers Japanese confectionery workshops. Make a reservation in advance if you are interested in making Japanese confectionery!
C |Tawaraya 【0:00pm~1:00pm】
This restaurant is famous for its strange menu item called Ippon Udon, which means “single noodle udon.” It is situated right in front of Kitano Tenmangu-Shrine and popular with Shrine-goers.
Every udon and soba item on the menu is delicious and made with carefully selected ingredients, but the approximately 1cm-wide Ippon Udon has been popular since long ago as the area’s specialty product. This single cylindrical noodle is boiled for about an hour and sells out in the early afternoon on some days. Try to visit early if you can.
D |Awamochi Sawaya 【1:00pm~1:30pm】
Do you need any sweets after your lunch?
A traditional Japanese confectionery shop established in the 1600s. The shop interior is a cozy one with a strong traditional atmosphere. Visitors can eat fresh awamochi made by wrapping a luxurious piece of anko (red bean paste) in a mochi exterior made of awa (foxtail millet). This mochi has a lighter taste than traditional rice mochi - try it out and you should be surprised by the texture. Those who like Japanese anko should certainly stop by this establishment.

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