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Unique vegan and organic restaurants beyond Kyoto City

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Experience ultimate relaxation at these nine tranquil Kyoto onsen

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Secret Sakura: Eight lesser-known spots for viewing cherry blossoms in Kyoto

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Hidden Foodie Delights – 8 Kyoto Cafes & Restaurants Off the Beaten Path

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8 Spectacular and Secluded Spots to see Autumn Leaves in Kyoto

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The Terroir of Kyoto on a Plate: Seven Great Local Eateries

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Motoise Kono Shrine

Located to the northern side of Amanohashidate, one of Japan's "Three Famous Scenic Views," the ancient Motoise Kono Shrine is so called (literally, "former Ise") because before the deities were moved to Ise-jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture, the sun goddess Amaterasu and the goddess Toyo-uke Daijin were enshrined here. In front of the main hall, you'll see shining, five-colored "suedama" (a kind of traditional Buddhist orb, representing a sacred jewel), an object only allowed to be placed in Ise-jingu Shrine and here in Kono Shrine.

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Fukuchido Hanko Café

Located close to Fukuchiyama Station, Fukuchido is a long-established shop for "hanko" (personal seals) founded in 1947.
In 2022, the Hanko Café opened within the shop.
Popular products include sweets made with Tamba chestnuts, grown by the café owner, and blended coffee that goes perfectly with them.
You can also rent e-bikes and guided tours here.

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Maizuru Fururu Farm

Furufuru Farm is located away from Maizuru's city center, surrounded by mountains and the sea.
Multiple cottages are available for rent, and there are a variety of ways to enjoy your time here, from barbecueing to e-bike riding to stargazing.
The popular lunch buffet is hearty and sure-to-satisfy.

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Chikiri-ya Odori Senbei Honke Sweets

Located near Fukuchiyama Castle, built by the famous samurai Mitsuhide Akechi, Chikiri-ya is a Japanese traditional sweets shop established in 1920.
It's popular odori (literally, ""dancing"") senbei were created to give Fukuchiyama a delicious rice cracker the city could call its own, and were perfected after traveling across the country to research the best in senbei.
Amongst locals, Chikiri-ya has been a fond favorite for many years.

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Ichiju Issai no Yado Chabu Dining

Chabu Dining is a farmhouse guest house run by an owner and his wife who moved to Ayabe from Tokyo.
Surrounded by nature, guests can enjoy the beauty of the fields and rice paddies managed by their hosts.
The rice cooked in earthenware pots, and miso soup full of vegetables are simple but delicious foods, focusing on farm-to-fork local production for local consumption.

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Kaya Yamanoie

Located at the foot of Mt. Oe, famous for its legend of demons, Kaya Yamanoie is in the perfect spot overlooking rice paddies.
This beautiful inn was renovated in 2021, and is popular for its proximity to the popular sightseeing spots Amanohashidate and Ine Funaya (boat houses).
Delicious lunch services are also highly recommended, which include meals made with gibier meat and local ingredients.

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