Mountains, Tea and Sake Around Kyoto |
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Mountains, Tea and Sake Around Kyoto |

January 8, 2020

Located in the mountains northeast of central
Kyoto, Hieizan is a deeply revered mountain on which Enryakuji, the head temple of the
influential Tendai Buddhist sect, is built on. Founded over 1200 years ago, Enryakuji is
one of the most important temples in the history of Japan, and today, the active mountain temple
is an attractive destination for visitors wanting to learn more about Buddhist culture. On this trip, we will be spending two days
exploring Hieizan and the vibrant tea and sake cultures in Uji and Fushimi in southern
Kyoto. My name is Raina Ong, staff writer for,
and for the next two days, I’ll be visiting Hieizan, Uji and Fushimi on an overnight trip. Here’s the plan. On Day One, we land at Kansai International
Airport and travel by train all the way to the foot of Mount Hieizan. We continue on the cable car and ropeway up
the mountain. There are three separate areas of Enryakuji
Temple: Yokawa, Saito and Todo. We will take a shuttle bus to Yokawa, the
northern area, and hike towards the west area known as Saito, and the east area known as
Todo to visit the attractions there. The day ends with a stay at the temple lodging
on Hieizan. On Day Two, after participating in the morning
prayers, we descend the mountain and head to the tea town of Uji, south of Kyoto, to
learn more about tea culture as well as visit the local temples along the way. Finally, we end the day at Kyoto’s Fushimi
district with a sake experience and dinner. So follow along as we go on a 2-day trip exploring
mountains, tea and sake around Kyoto. Day 1 After landing at the airport, we forward our
suitcase to the hotel in Kyoto where we will be staying afterwards to avoid having to carry
extra luggage on this overnight trip. Then, we take the train to our destination
for the day, Hieizan. Our hike from Yokawa to the Saito and Todo
areas takes about 2 to 3 hours, including visiting the temple buildings along the way. This tree over here it’s called the Gyokutaisugi and it’s about the midway point between where we started in Yokawa and our next destination Saito. It’s a great place for a rest and we get to enjoy great views of Kyoto on the other side. The Shakado you can see behind me is the oldest building on the mountain. And it houses a wooden Shaka Buddha carved by Saicho, the founder of Tendai Buddhism. I’m going to be heading into the Konpon Chudo, as you can see it’s completely covered up but visitors are still allowed to go inside, so let’s go! One of the interesting things you’re going to experience when staying at a temple lodging is eating Buddhist cuisine which is completely vegetarian. And that’s what I’m going to do! Itadakimasu! Day 2 Good morning, it’s really cold outside and I’ve gotten up early to go for morning prayers in the Konpon Chudo behind me. Now, these prayers are only available to those who stay overnight on the mountain. So let’s go! After the morning prayers and breakfast, we
descend the mountain and head towards Uji by Keihan Railway. Our first stop is Mampukuji Temple, the head
temple of the Obaku Zen sect. My first stop for today is Mampukuji Temple near Uji. This temple is the headquarters of the Obaku Zen Sect which was established about 300 years ago by a Chinese Zen master. And as such you can see a lot of Chinese influence in the temple design. The city of Uji is well known for its high
quality green tea, and there are numerous tea shops selling Uji tea as well as green
tea products. Our first stop is Byodoin Temple, and its
grounds includes a beautiful garden with the Phoenix Hall at its center and an excellent
museum. Next we head to Nakamura Tokichi, a shop
that has been run by the same family for generations. Uji is known for its tea and I’m here now at the Nakamura Tokichi shop in Uji where I’m going to have the full tea experience. Tea lunch and then desserts, and then we get to make some tea. 10 out of 5 stars! I like it! A tea leaf grinding activity followed by a
tea ceremony is offered at their main store in Uji, with explanations provided by an English
speaking tea instructor. And that’s what I’m going to do. Finally, we take the Keihan train from Uji
to Fushimi. Our last destination for today is the Fushimi
Sakagura Kouji, a collection of eight food stalls and a sake bar all under one roof. This unique dining and drinking experience
here allows visitors to sample sake from about 20 sake breweries and order a variety of dishes
that go well with the alcohol. Best way to end the trip! I’ve come to the end of my trip and there’s no better way than to end it here at the Fushimi Sakagura Koji Now here I get to try18 different sake from the breweries and order food, like, different kinds of food from the different food stands. It’s gonna be great and I can’t wait to dig in! And that concludes our 2-day trip to Hieizan,
Uji and Fushimi. Thanks for joining me. I hope this video has been enjoyable and perhaps
even inspires some ideas, should you decide to plan an overnight trip from Kansai Airport. For more information or to watch another video,
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  • Reply Jolly Green January 5, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Hi. I am visiting in Feb. Do I have to preorder a JR bullet train 1 month in advance? I plan to go from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto back to Tokyo. Thanks

  • Reply Tioga060 January 5, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    bell squad

  • Reply Andrew Austin January 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Good video!

  • Reply Tempered Storm January 5, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    I love the open design of Byodoin Temple. I'm not sure what it is about the architectural structure of the temple, but I keep pausing the video to stare at it.

  • Reply Weißer Wolf January 6, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I vistied the Hieizan-Area and it is awesome.

  • Reply Kan seymour January 6, 2020 at 12:09 am

    wow it's beautiful, but I prefer Koyasan.

  • Reply callme Mond January 6, 2020 at 12:51 am


  • Reply Ruisu FD January 6, 2020 at 2:05 am

    This is what I want from my next visit toKyoto this year. Thank you for letting my know a good path to make possible.

  • Reply Jesús Mendoza January 6, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Esto es increible japon

  • Reply Carbon dioxide January 6, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Why are you praying with this man-made idol?.
    The idol that man made himself. What will they help man.

  • Reply scrambledegg81 January 6, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Hooooold up…..a flight of 18 shots of sake. For. One. Person.


  • Reply Ziadoon Al-Akashi January 6, 2020 at 5:39 am

    I love the video shooting and editing, but not big fan with the background music selection/volume
    maybe more folk/traditional Japanese music? (just personal opinion)

  • Reply hisham elshawarby January 6, 2020 at 6:33 am

    I always love your videos thank you very much .. please upöoad videos more and faster.. by the way te music in the lastt part was amazing

  • Reply Anthony Blignaut January 6, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Firstly please tell us why the Temple is covered up in that building? Secondly-great show (a little short) and finally you look great in a skirt rather than pants !

  • Reply sinclurm January 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Wasn’t this published recently??

  • Reply Kaushi Kalugalla January 6, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Love Japan🌸

  • Reply V Love-Williams January 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Of all the different railways in Japan, I find Keihan Railway to be the best. The trains are clean, attractive, and efficient. Is there better than Keihan?

  • Reply thelastsambidian January 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Wow… 18 shots of sake… even if she share's it with the cameraman, 9 shots per person is still a lot… Wonder if there're any additional footage from after they finished all the sake… Gotta be fun times… 😀

  • Reply Luciana Borinato January 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Another great video, from yet another area of Japan, blessed with amazing natural beauty!
    Arigatou gozaimasu. 😀

  • Reply Ayaz Ahmad January 6, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Excellent production.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Adi Juniartawan January 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I miss Sam

  • Reply Dragonheng January 6, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Self i spilt this in 3 day´s Time is a Key, the realy in porten key for me.
    So i 5 day self in a unatrativ City in find littel spots the make it worth as hoppy Photograph

  • Reply Phyrom Oum January 7, 2020 at 1:33 am

    I love Raina Ong-san's videos, but I wish I were a hiking lover.

  • Reply flameout12345 January 7, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Isn’t going to Osaka the greatest thing on earth? Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Biwa and all the way to Kanazawa are all within 3 hours train ride.

  • Reply Rishi January 7, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Man, I want a job like this.

  • Reply Robert Wing January 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    The instructor's mustache was awe-inspiring.

  • Reply Yaman-Python January 8, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Nice ideas, Thanks! I am wondering about the price of that amazing Fushimi restaurant. BTW, I enjoyed Hieizan myself in a hiking trip, that I published here:

  • Reply Nadja January 8, 2020 at 10:17 am

    please like and subs thanks

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