I was charmed by the path leading to Sanzen-in in late April.
|An enchanting teahouse on the way to Sanzen-in|
A pair of Jizo, guardians of children and travellers, watch over you for a safe and pleasant trip on the way.
Cafes and restaurants create nice atmosphere.
When I passed through the tunnel of late-blooming sakura....,
...., there was yellow blossoms field overlooking the houses and paddies of Ohara.
Ohara is in the north of Sakyo-ku Ward of Kyoto City, but actually it is a quiet rural area nestled at the western foot of Mt. Hiei, which is on the opposite side of the mountains you see in the picture. In the past, the spring fields of Ohara was thoroughly yellow because of rapeseed extensively cultivated for oil. Nowadays the fields for rapeseed is very small only to be used for "nano-hana" (rapeseed) pickles.
One of the most attractions to me was fallen camellias still flowering on the ground.
The path runs along the Ryo-sen River (呂川).
Slow-paced walking, hearing the rustling sound of the stream, made me feel free and comfortable.
The young leaves of Japanese maple and fallen camellia flowers
are suggestive of nature's way of coming and going.
Shops would look nostalgic to the most of Japanese but might be quaint to the eyes of foreign tourists.
|Goods made of bamboo|
While being absorbed in the peaceful surroundings and looking around for photographic interests, here you are at Goten-mon Gate of Sanzen-in. It is about ten minutes' walk from Ohara bus stop but it took three times or more for me to arrive at.
The gate and stone wall is grand and imposing like those of a castle,
which deepened my curiosity more about what the inside is like.