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2015年4月11日土曜日

花見@京都 (その1) Cherry blossom watching @ Kyoto #1

2015.4.5-7
去年の花見があまりに良かったので、今年も行こうということになった。
Because cherry blossom in Kyoto was so beautiful last year, we decided to visit this year, too.
雨で寒いの予報は致し方もなく、出発。京都辺には名所が沢山ありすぎて、何度行っていても行ったことない有名スポットがまだまだある。
最初の目的地は、そんな中からまず花見と関係なく伏見稲荷。
雨というのに夥しい数の外国人。記念撮影すら困難。
兎に角、鳥居の中を重軽石まで行き、帰りの茶店で何はともあれお稲荷さんと狐そば。出汁旨し。
We left home without being able to do anything for the weather forecast of rain and cold.  There are so many POI's around Kyoto, there are many famous spots that we have not visited even though we visited Kyoto many times.
The first stop was one of those, Fushimi Inari shrine.
Regardless of the rain, there were surprisingly many foreign visitors.  Even taking pictures were not easy tasks.  Anyway, we walked through famous rows of gateways to the Heavy or light stone, dropped in one of the cafeteria on the way back, and had Inari Sushi and Fox soba noodle.  The soup was fantastic.


雨はひどくなるが、予定通り円山公園。この有名な枝垂れ桜も私は初めて。
なるほど見事なものだ。
Ignoring the worsen rain, next stop was Maruyama park as planned.  The famout hanging cherry was also the first visit for me.  Gorgeous, indeed.



そして休憩は長楽館。伊藤博文ご真筆の額(?)らしい。
We took rests at Chorakukan.  It is said that the writing is by Hirofumi Ito.



雨は衰えず、桜も盛りを過ぎているようなので、岡崎辺、平安神宮はもう車の中から見てオシマイにして、宿泊先へ。
と思ったが若干早過ぎるので、佐々木酒造に立ち寄る。何やら蔵之介の実家とのこと。所が、生憎定休日。しかし商魂たくましく、いやお客様の気持になって、自販機で純米吟醸聚楽第が買えた。
Since the rain did not get light and cherries are over the most beautiful period, we did not get of the car to watch around Okazaki, and Heian shrine, and headed to the hotel.
Having said that, since it was to early to check in the hotel, we stopped at Sasaki Sake brewery.  This is a home of Japanese actor, Kuranosuke Sasaki.  Unfortunately the brewery is closed.   But, how sales minded, or considerate for customers, they placed a vending machine that let us buy a bottle of sake, Jurakudai.

宿泊先は去年と同じ、等持院北町の白梅荘。おもてなしがたまりません。去年枯れた大枝垂れ桜の後に若木が植えられていた。嬉しい。
The hotel is same as last year, Hakubaiso at Tojiinkitamachi.  The hospitality is terrific.  There is a young cherry tree in the garden where the big old cherry tree dead last year.  Made us feel great.