The View From This Japanese Temple Looks Like a Painting


, a renowned temple situated at the foot of Mount Hiei, is surrounded by beautiful nature. It will be open for public viewing from April 15 to June 30, 2019. This public viewing is held twice a year -- once during spring, when the leaves have a fresh green color, and the other during autumn, highlighting the brown, red, and yellow foliage. 

The spring scenery at Ruri no Niwa (Japanese-style garden), which represents the “Land of Happiness” in Buddhism, is reflected on the clear table of the second floor of Shoin (drawing room).

Enjoy a cup of green tea with Japanese sweets (¥1,000) while taking in the picturesque view.

"The trees in the garden of Rurikoin grew naturally on the mountain. You can enjoy the beauty of nature as it is, in harmony with the architectural beauty created by a master craftsman,” says chief deacon, Chisato Nakamura.

Rurikoin is located at 55 Kamitakanohigashiyama, Sakyo District, Kyoto and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may contact them at +81-75-781-4001. It is a 5-minute walk from Eizan Railway Yase-Hieizanguchi Station.

"Eiden x Deaimon" collaboration train

If you’re in the mood to tour around the area, the "Eiden x Deaimon" train is the way to go. The “Eiden x Deaimon Collabo Festa” is a collaboration between the cartoon, Deaimon, and the Eizan Railway. The train, which features illustrations by cartoonist Rin Asano, will run on the entire Eizan Railway until September 30, 2019.

Take a ride on the “Eiden x Deaimon Collabo Festa” train!

Aside from the nature views, the area is also known for its delicious food.

Ichijoji Nakatani

Ichijoji Nakatani
is a long-established Japanese sweets store that specializes in Detchi Sweet Beans Jelly. Aside from the classics, sweets combining Japanese and Western flavors are also available at the shop.

The shop’s Kinugoshi Matcha Tiramisu (silky green tea tiramisu, ¥430) resembles a traditional Japanese landscape garden and is popular for its smooth and elegant taste. You can also try the Matcha or Sencha set (¥910) at the store.

Ichijoji Nakatani is located at 5 Ichijoji Hananokicho, Sakyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-75-781-5504. It is a 6-minute walk from Eizan Railway Ichijoji Station.


is a bar that serves dishes with cheese and seasonal vegetables. Their menu consists of meals with cheese from Italy and France, meat dishes, and appetizers that use vegetables from Kyoto.


Today's appetizer platter (¥700)

The bar’s Tororoyama no Cheese (¥320) meal is also quite popular. It lets you indulge in cheese that’s served with your preferred dish.

lu’tubo is located at 13 Tanakashimoyanagicho, Sakyo District, Kyoto and is open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-744-0704. It is a 5-minute walk from Keihan Electric Railway Demachiyanagi Station.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (5 May 2019)

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