Spend a relaxing time at a quiet temple as you view cherry blossoms that bloom a little later than in the city.
Recommended access to the Ohara area
2:Sunday morning market
5:Ohara - Traditional Indigo Dyeing Studio
What to See
Beautiful rural mountain village and landscape
Ohara is a place where you can enjoy a rural mountain village in modern times. You can have an extraordinary experience surrounded by a rural landscape and mountains. Take a stroll along a river and stop at a tea house to enjoy Japanese sweets and tea, and go to a restaurant to have boiled tofu for a wonderful time. One of Ohara’s charms is its clear waters. Watch as fireflies dance over the Takano River in early June.
Sanzen-in temple is popular healing spot due to its beautiful Japanese garden, Buddhists idols, which are a National Treasure, and cute Jizo statues. There are many spots in Ohara Sanzen-in that are perfect for taking Instagram shots including a garden viewed through the window.
Sunday morning market
The "Ohara Fresh Vegetable Market" is a popular morning market held on Sundays. There are fresh vegetables harvested from Ohara and nearby areas, as well as other foods and flowers. Many people including chefs and people from other prefectures come to this market.
Kyoto is known for its pickled vegetables called “Otsukemono.” Doi-Shibazuke-Honpo is a well-known tsukemono shop in Kyoto established over 117 years ago. You can enjoy traditional uncolored pickled vegetables such as shibazuke, senmaizuke, and sugukizuke.
A woman over 100 years old
"Sawada" is a café on the way to Sanzen-in. The smooth home-made pound cake is highly recommended. The main attraction is a woman over 100-years old. It is a healing cafe.
Sanzen-in is a place where people prayed to enter paradise after they die. The Heian period was a difficult time with many famines, disasters, and wars. Because of this, more and more people wanted to experience happiness in their afterlife. The audio guide provided by “ON THE TRIP” explains the idea of Buddhist paradise as you walk around Sanzen-in. During the tour, you can follow the prayers of ancient people who hoped for paradise in the future.
Ohara - Traditional Indigo Dyeing Studio
Aizome is a traditional method of indigo dyeing that has been passed down from the Asuka period. At "Kobo Ai-no-Yakata," a traditional indigo dyeing studio, you can experience this indigo dye process that uses precious natural ash liquid fermentation and the clean water of Ohara in Kyoto. You can actually try indigo dyeing with T-shirts, stoles, and handkerchiefs for about 2 hours, and then take them home with you.
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