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to Kyoto, and want to share how to enjoy the Kyoto life. These blogs are quite useful for visiting Kyoto, and also
for people who hope to live in Japan.

Spring hiking report

How cool this garden is!!
This is the Zen garden in Ikkyu-ji Temple where GTK hiking members visited yesterday.
Ikkyu-ji is located in the Kyo-tanabe area in the southern part of Kyoto, about 40 min-train-ride from Kyoto Station. (Kintetsu Line)
The name of Ikkyu-ji was derived from Priest Ikkyu belonged to the Daitokuji Temple sect in the 16th century and moved this temple then stayed until his death.
He is well-known in Japan especially for the middle-aged generation because the anime “Ikkyu-san” was broadcasted and very popular throughout Japan about 40 years ago. This anime featured the childhood of Ikkyu-san in training in the temple.

When we arrived at Kyo-tanabe Station on Kintetsu line, we met a little boy Ikkyu-san!

After walking about 20 minutes, we found the foot of Mt. Kannabi, which was our hiking field on that day.
On the way to the summit, we could enjoy various kinds of trees in bloom such as sakura and magnolia. They let us realize spring is here.

The highlight of this time tour was lunch in the temple.
As you know, temple’s lunch, called syojin ryouri is ready without any meat, fish, egg also dairy products.
Monks in olden days were not allowed to eat any meat. I think I could become vegetarian!

Where shall we explore next time?
I hope to meet new people and share fresh air in the mountain in GTK hiking.

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