A Local Neighborhood in Kyoto
Old Neighborhood Atmosphere
The neighborhood of Murasakino is always quiet and peaceful. It is a very good area to spend a few hours walking around with the locals. One of the best parts of this area is that there are many old specialty artisanal shops such as a fish shop, a tofu shop, a Japanese pickles shop, and some traditional sweets shops. Being a native of Kyoto, it makes me feel nostalgic and takes me back to the time when I was taken grocery shopping by my grandma in my childhood.
There is a small tea shop run by an old man, who is soft-spoken with gentle manners and always welcomes us, offering a chair for a chat. Crammed with a lot of goods and old wooden stock boxes of tea, there is little space to sit but his talk is always interesting and it comes with a delicious cup of tea served with true hospitality.
In the evening, after having dinner in the neighborhood, it is a good time to relax and visit a nearby public bathhouse called ‘sento’ in Japanese. Funaoka Onsen is always crowded with local people and a few foreign tourists. Taking pictures prohibited so I cannot show you what inside looks like, but it has a very traditional style bathing area with beautiful and unique decorations. It’s worth trying!
After being refreshed by the sento, a glass of cold beer is waiting for you at a dining bar called Yakumo Shokudo across the street. It will be the perfect close to a perfect local day!
Also for off the beaten path tours, you can contact us. Our local guides are happy to take you to the less-traveled areas and show you places you would have not found on your own.