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Discover your own KYOTO
Ikimi Tenmangu Shrine
Dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, famous as a deity of learning, Ikimi Tenmangu Shrine is the oldest of the Tenmangu shrines in Japan, built during Sugawara Michizane's lifetime. This shrine is said to have found its origins when Takebe Genzo, a figure in the famous kabuki play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami," enshrined Michizane as a living deity to pray for his safe return when he was demoted to a minor post in Dazaifu, in modern-day Kyushu. The tranquil shrine grounds include 15 shrines, including Itsukushima Shrine, dedicated to the goddess of beauty, and Akiba Atago Shrine, which enshrines the god of fire.
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Visiting Oeyama, the Land of Oni Legend
This restaurant is about a 20 minute drive away from downtown Ayabe.
Here, the udon noodles, which are made purely by hand with traditional techniques acquired in Sanuki, are boiled in the prized wood-fired kiln, and the soup stock is prepared naturally without additives.
At the restaurant, you can also enjoy the peaceful woodland scenery to the fullest.
Mt. Kimino-o is a mountain with an elevation of 582 meters, located in the Kanbayashi area northeast of Ayabe. If you climb Mt. Kimino-o in autumn or winter, you can see the mountains of the Tamba area shrouded in mist, their peaks resembling islands in a sea of clouds.
Halfway up the mountain, you'll also find plenty of natural sights and culture with sites like Komyo-ji Temple, famous for its Nio-mon Gate.
*The "sea of clouds" (or "unkai") can be seen from autumn to winter.
Fukuchiyama Onsen Yoro no Yu
On the site, which occupies an area of around 19,800 square meters, you can find a large cherry tree that is 200 years old. The autumn leaves and moss there are also must-sees. As for the facility, it is fully equipped with features such as an open-air bath situated in a garden with natural rocks, a bubble foot bath, a sauna, a steam foot bath, a cypress wood bath, a pot-style bath, and a large bathtub made of cypress wood.