2013/01/10

KYO: Kyoto Ebisu Jinja Shrine & Toka Ebisu


Kyoto Ebisu Jinja Shrine & Toka Ebisu


Have you ever heard of “Shichifukujin”? It literally means “Seven Fortune Gods”. “Ebisu” is one of the seven fortune gods, and Kyoto Ebisu Jinja Shrine enshrines the god of Ebisu. Ebisu is called Hirukono-Mikoto who is said to be the first child of Izanagi & Izanami. Or, he is called Sukuna-Hikonano Kami. According to a legend, he could not stand up nor let out his voice till 3 years old so that he was put on a boat and channeled off to the ocean. From that anecdotage, Ebisu has been regarded as the god of ocean and fishing. (The god of Ebisu carries a rod and red sea bream. )Many years later, since commerce had been developed, Ebisu has been regarded also as the god of prosperous business.

Kyoto Ebisu Jinja Shrine is regarded as one of the 3 greatest Ebisu Jinja Shrines in Japan. The other two are Imamiya Ebisu Jinja Shrine in Osaka, and Nishinomiya Ebisu Jinja Shrine in Hyogo. Kyoto Ebisu Jinja Shrine was originally on a premise of Kenninji Temple established in 1202 by Eisai, the Buddhist monk who started the Rinzai Zen Sect in Japan. Also, he brought the culture of drinking tea to Japan. Eisai had stayed in China, and on his way back to Japan, a storm hit his ship, and the ship was about to sink off. At that time, Eisai saw the god of Ebisu, and enshrined Ebisu on his ship. Finally, Eisai could get out of trouble. After he came back to Japan, he constructed a shrine in Kenninji temple to appreciate Ebisu. Later on, in 1467, Kenninji temple was burned down due to the battle of Onin-no-ran, and after that, the shrine was transferred to the place today.

I have been to Toka Ebisu, which is the event when all people who wish for business prosperities come to this shrine. (Of course, we can visit there at any time, but from 8th to 12th of January, the shrine conducts ceremonies to appreciate Ebisu.) Each side of the approach is lined with food stalls, the same as other religious events. Many people carry their bamboo branches, which were blessed by the god. To reach the entrance gate, I had to wait around 1 hour, but I could not nearly give up because this is the important event for me, for the business prosperity especially this year! After I entered the gate, I could feel the excitements of the people. Usually, I love to visit quiet atmosphere of shrines, but here, it was completely different. The song of Ebisu was played, the Kagura dance (a dance which is dedicated to the god) by a shrine maiden was performed, and everybody knocked the building where Ebisu was enshrined because Ebisu said to be hearing difficulty. I prayed for Ebisu, received a bamboo branch (blessed by a Shinto maiden), and bought some ornaments to hang from the branch. Honestly, I could not help asking a flourishing business this time. (When I visit shrines, I always “appreciate” the god..)

This time, I visited there in the midst of the event, but next time, I would like to visit the normal aspect of this shrine. However, for the people visiting in Kyoto in January, it would be a fun event to visit, and I believe this event relates to many people’s wishes. 

2012/08/17

KYO: Yakinikuno Hiro Kiyamachi


Yakinikuno Hiro Kiyamachi, Yakiniku (beef barbecue) Restaurant



Japanese young people love to eat Yakiniku, beef barbecue. Probably they require stamina. There are many Yakiniku restaurants in Japan, and each restaurant has its own style. Some are jimble-jamble, some fixate Kobe beef (or other top-brand local beef), some feature “all-you-can-eat”, some take pride in being a sophisticated atmosphere in opposition to the image of greasy Yakiniku. Yakinikuno Hiro Kiyamachi has some of the above features. It serves great Japan beef. They buy a cow in whole, and provide various regions of the cow. Also, the building here is an old Japanese style (around Meiji period). The price is not too high. Moreover, in summer, they will have a balcony overlooking the Kamogawa River.


Yakiniku does not have Japanese origins. Yakiniku in Japan nowadays can be said “Korean-style barbecue adapted to Japanese tastes”. Yakiniku, literally means “grilled meat”, and at most of the restaurants, we have our own brazier with charcoal, and we put a slice of beef on our own. Once the dish with slices of beef is served, you do not have to wait so long to start eating. You can grill whatever you like at your own pace. In the past, ladies tended to hesitate to have meal at Yakiniku restaurant because the room would be filled with smokes so that their clothing got bad-smelling. Recently, the air ventilation got better, so those are also popular for ladies.


I have visited Yakinikuno Hiro Kiyamachi sometimes with my colleagues, my family, my friends, and so on because I like the easiness in a lot of ways. It is close to the city center so that it is easy to meet somebody, I can choose beef of high quality, but not too expensive, and I like the building, too. It is like I was visiting a nice restaurant. Honestly speaking, I sometimes love to visit rafferty place because I could feel like blending right with in the local people (I guess it seems like the excitement when visiting food stalls in Asian countries.). However, when I would like to have dinner (or lunch) in a cozy restaurant, but not too formal, this would be a nice place. Please note that it is not “high-end”, but good for individuals who are seeking for such a place, or group tour, maybe. So, if you are looking for more exclusive restaurant, this would not be the one.


Finally, let me introduce some other restaurants by Hiro Co., Ltd. Especially, Hiro Gion Yamana-an and Hiro Yasaka-tei serve Kaiseki stye (course of dishes), and each has its great Japanese atmosphere. Hiro in Pontocho is more private, and nice to visit when you need to talk thoroughly, and it would be also interesting to stop by Hiro Sembon Sanjo, located in a Sanjokai shopping street. I will report each place one by one.

2012/08/16

KYO: Obon & Gozanno Okuribi


Obon & Gozanno Okuribi

 

Do you have any specific events in your country to greet the ancestors? In Japan, we greet them during a period in summer, called “Obon”. The ceremonies and ways are different in each place, so I would like to write about it for Kyoto, today.

In Kyoto, the starting ceremonies are held from 7th of August to 10th of August in the area where Rokudo Chinnoji Temple is. It is called “Rokudo Mairi”, or “Rokudo-san”. It is said that the area was the entrance gate to another world in the Heian period. So, probably, our ancestors can come back to our world through that gate.

Every year, since I was a child, I go to that temple to welcome our ancestors as a starting ceremony for Obon Week. As soon as I arrive at the temple, I ask one of the staffs there to write our ancestor’s names on small wooden tablets called “sotoba = stupa”. With those “sotoba”, I stand in the line for ringing a specific bell. When I ring the bell, it reaches to another world so that our ancestors are able to notice that we are ready to welcome them. Then I pray for the Buddhist statues in the main building, calling their names in my heart. I purify the sotoba over the smokes of incenses, and put them in front of stone Ksitigarbha statues. I apply water on the sotoba. Here, the ceremony is finished. By the way, there is an old picture, opened to public during this period, which depicts the six domains. The six domains are those of (1) the gods, (2) human beings, (3) animals, (4) asuras or fighting demons, (5) hungry ghosts, and (6) denizens of hell.

During “Obon” especially, my mother takes very good care of our Buddhist alter in my house. It is called “Butsudan”, and we serve vegetables, fruits, sweets, and dishes for our ancestors. The dishes are all vegetarian foods. Before I married, it was my role to buy the sweets every morning to serve to our ancestors. One day, it is simple white rice cakes, on another day, it is bean cakes.

The ending date of the Obon is August 16th. August 16th is one of the biggest events for the people in Kyoto, and it is called “Gozan-no Okuribi”. It is the date we say good-bye to the sprits and they go back to another world again. Every year, even it is not a holiday, from around 20:00pm, I go somewhere I can see one of the 5 mountains (Gozan). I often go to the Sanjo Ohashi bridge, where I can see the mountain with the character of “Dai(大)” (means large, or great) on the Daimonjiyama mountain. The character is made by firewood, and from 8:00pm, the character is lit. Then, at 8:10pm, the character of “Myo Ho (means wondrous dharma)” is lit on the 2nd mountain, the 3rd is “Funagata (means the shape of boat)” at 8:15pm, and the 4th is “Hidari Daimonji” (means “large” on your left hand side) at 8:15pm, too. The last one is “Toriigata (means the shape of torii gates)” at 8:20pm. It is a religious event for me, so I did not stick to find out the best place to see all of them, but in the future, for travelers, I may have to find out the best position that they can see many of those mountains at the same time.

2012/04/07

KYO: Maruyama Koen Park


Maruyama Koen Park & Cherry Blossom Viewing



Cherry Blossom Viewing (We call it “Ohana-Mi”, Ohana means flowers – in this case, we mostly mean it Cherry blossoms-, and “Mi” means viewing.) is one of the most popular spring events. In the ancient days, flower viewing was one of the indispensable events among the aristocratic class. It has also been an important subject in literature, dance, and painting. Over time, the custom has spread among the common people, and today, all Japanese enjoy. Of course, every year, I enjoy Ohana-Mi. I have some opportunities for the events in one season, and for most of the time, I enjoy it in Maruyama Koen Park.

 Maruyama Koen Park is the oldest park in Kyoto-city, established in 1886. It has an area of 86,600sqm. Till the Meiji restoration, it has been a part of Yasaka Jinja Shrine and Anyoji Temple but on the first year of the Meiji period, the land was taken by the government, and a huge park was created. The present style is created by Ogawa Chihei, one of the most famous gardeners, in 1912, and is the Chisen-Kaiyu-siki style (a style of garden that features a path around a pond). In the park, there are an open-air music hall, restaurants, cafés, statues of historical heroes, villas, a temple, and so on. But many people visit this park to view the gorgeous weeping cherry tree. From year to year, the tree has been damaged, but still, we look forward to meeting that tree every year. I mostly visit there at night. The tree is illuminated during the season.


By the way, there is one more purpose of this visit for me. As many Japanese do, I enjoy eating & drinking under cherry blossoms. Every year, I book the open-air eatery, called Gin-sui. Close to that famous weeping cherry tree, there is an area where people can sit down and eat under the trees. Every year, it is a little bit cold, but this year was extremely cold, it was 6 degrees Celsius…. So, we ordered hot-pot meal, and hot Sake, but that night picnic was also such a fun for me during this flower season. (Honestly, the food itself is not brilliant, but if you are interested in that festive atmosphere, it would be nice to try once.) For sure, before that dinner, I prayed at Yasaka Jinja Shrine as usual because the park is right behind that shrine.

Anyway, to get back to the Maruyama Koen Park, I have one more reason to visit there. When I walk from Yasaka Jinja Shrine to the park, on the right hand side, there are storages of around 10 floats of the Gion Matsuri Festival. I have never seen the inside, but I like to see that the floats are in the land of dreams in this park. (I might have said before, but I love the Gion Matsuri Festival.)

 The season of cherry blossom is very short. However, there are so many ways to enjoy this season. I like viewing the flowers in silence in a temple, walking along the river, going on a picnic with bento box, but every year, I cannot forget that night picnic under cherry trees with my family and friends! (On the way back, please do not forget to stroll around Gion area, especially, along the Shirakawa River where you will be able to feel the beauty of Kyoto.)

KYO: Kushikura


Kushikura, Kushiyaki (grilling on a skewer) Restaurant




I visited the restaurant for lunch. Previously, Kushikura has been one of the prospective restaurants due to its positive conditions for foreigners. One of the reasons is that many people would like to eat Yakitori – grilled chicken on bamboo skewers -. Another reason is that the location is close to the city center. Moreover, the atmosphere is not bad because of its building. It is a Machiya (traditional Japanese house). And finally, many clients and guides said it would be fine to choose this restaurant by word of mouth.

When you are trying to find out good restaurants, the above reasons may not be perfect. As its heart, when finding the best, the most important reason is it tastes wonderful. However, it is very difficult to measure how tasty the food there because the taste senses are infinite in variety. So, when I introduce restaurants, I write what I felt, but at the same time, I would like to give you clues to help you to choose the suitable ones.

First of all, the exterior was good, and it seemed like a traditional house (it actually used to be a draper’s shop). As I came in, the waiting room on the earth floor was darkish but I felt it was like a typical Machiya house in Kyoto. The dining area were, either counter-sitting or separated Tatami rooms. From many of the rooms, you can enjoy a small inner garden which can be seen in traditional houses in Kyoto. If you are not good at sitting on your heels, please do not worry that in most of the rooms, you can sit down like you are on a chair. We call it “Horigotatsu” - a low, covered table placed over a hole in the floor of a Japanese-style Tatami room. The counter is also like a table.

I chose a seat at the counter, and ordered a Domburi with Yakitori – A bowl of rice topped with Yakitori. It took a bit longer time than I imagined. But while I was waiting for that, the Kitchener grilled chicken over charcoal fire carefully. The chicken was delicious, but personally, I love Yakitori chopped into small pieces. In this restaurant, the size of the chicken was a bit bigger. However, to put it the other way around, it means you will be able to relish chicken in plenty. The sauce was very plain, so for me, I felt a bit short of fun. Miso soup was not what I wanted, because the broth was too light.

In conclusion, unfortunately, it was not a shocking great taste, but still, I can leave it in the list of restaurants which can be used depending on circumstances. Next time, it would be also nice to visit there at night. On the menu, there were many items (mainly chicken and vegetables from Kyoto) that I wanted to try. Probably, it should not be so expensive, too.

2011/12/24

KYO: Yasaka Jinja Shrine

Yasaka Jinja Shrine



This shrine is indispensable for me, and probably for the people in Kyoto. I visited there at the end of 2011, and I could look back the year, and steeled for making more efforts to achieve the goal in 2012.

It stands at the edge of the main street of Kyoto city, Shijodori Street. It is a traffic area, but nobody feels unreasonable to see that kind of combination of old and new. It is one of the attractive aspects of visiting Kyoto. Anyway, I have visited Yasaka-san (I usually call it with affinity.), so many time since I was born, whenever I have a chance. In spring, I often visit there and also enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms at the Maruyama Koen Park, right behind this shrine. In summer, I feel the bracing air to have the coming summer, because we have the Gion Matsuri Festival. (Every July, the festival is held to drive away evil spirits (=in this case, diseases), and to survive the hot summer and this shrine enshrines the god to save the people from diseases.) In autumn, many children come here, as Shichi (7) Go (5) San (3) Mairi, to pray for their well-beings. Girls of 7 & 3 years old and boys of 5 years old come here to celebrate. (It can be celebrated in any shrine in Japan. Anyhow, I came here when I was 3 and 7 years old!) In winter, many people come here for the Hatsumode Visit, the New Year’s visit to a shrine. Other than those milestones, I often come here to thank for the god, and swear by god to live in a righteous manner.


By the way, I also like to visit there at night. Normally, shrines should be visited before 15:00pm, but for me, here is an exceptional place. At night, we can enjoy the beautiful paper lanterns with the names who donated to the shrine. Not only viewing as the night-light, I love to see those names one by one. If you stay in Kyoto for a few days, how about stopping by this shrine after dinner.
 Finally, even I visited there so many times, I have never visited there at the New Year’s Eve (on 31st of December). I wish it will come true in the future to visit this shrine on 31st of December. Between the evenings of 31st of December to and 1st of January, the “Okera-Mairi” Festival is organized and lots of people come to pray for good health for the New Year by receiving “Okera fire”, made from the burning of the herb okera. In nature, people should bring the fire to home, and use that fire for cooking, but nowadays, it is prohibited to bring the fire to the public transportations, so only the people living around there can do so.
<Overview>
This is a shrine which enshrines Susanoono-Mikoto, Kushinada Himeno-Mikoto, Yahashirano-Mikogami. The people in Kyoto call it “Yasaka-san”, or “Gion-san”. According to the legend, it dates back to 656 when Susanoono-Mikoto was enshrined around here, and it was long before the transfer of the capital to Kyoto in 794. Susanoo-no-mikoto is a great god in Japanese mythology, known for his defeat of Yamata-no-orochi (a large serpent with eight heads: a symbol of many disasters), redemption of Kushiinadahime-no-mikoto, and produced the ground great-discernment on the earth. Along with the development of the capital, adoration to the shrine spread widely all over Japan. Today, approximately 3,000 satellite shrines exist in various parts of Japan. The name of the shrine was changed to Yasaka-jinja when shrines and Buddhist temples were separated at the time of the Meiji Restoration. The shrine was originally called the "Gion-sha" or "Kansin-in" for a long time.
<High Spots>
When you visit here, I would like to suggest these;
-      To visit there at night to enjoy the beautiful paper lanterns
-      To visit there on the night of 31st of December, and welcome a memorable year.

KYO: Nishiki Ichiba Market

Nishiki Ichiba Market
 


Kyoto streets are laid out in a grid pattern. I love to walk around the city of Kyoto. Without any purpose, I always enjoy just walking to the north, to the south, to the east, and the west. I believe the biggest reason is just because I was raised here, it is filled with memories, but I also believe that people from outside of Kyoto still enjoy the city, especially when walking. There are thousands of possibilities to meet “something” if you walk, and I the below is just a part of it. Each street has its own characteristic, old or new, open or hidden, boisterous or silent, and so on. I hope everybody finds out his/her own favorite.
 
Nishiki Icihba Market is on the Nishiki street from the Takakura street to the Teramachi street (those streets run from the north to the south). It has been very famous for travelers, so it is always crowded nowadays. I am excited when I walk through this market, and I feel I came to the city center. Honestly speaking, it may not be such attractive, because many of the shops said to be very expensive, not so stylish, and indeed, it is just a market. So, for the people who are not so interested in visiting markets, it would not be interesting at all. However, if you like a market, and would like to feel a part of Kyoto, it is a nice experience to visit there. Wide varieties of shops are there. Other than ordinary greengrocers, butchers, fish merchants, and flower shops, we can find Japanese pickles shops, Tofu shops, Tsukudani (foods boiled in soy sause) shops, Shichimi Japanese pepper which seem to be typical in Kyoto. It is also nice to stop by one of the restaurants like Udon noodle, Japanese style set meals, sushi, and so on. Or, you can find out groceries shops, or maybe you are interested in the cold steel shop like Aritsugu and feel the world of craftsmen. The smells, the crowds, the words of the people make the market vibrant.

By the way, for most of the time, I did nothing even I visited the market. I just wanted to walk through the street. For example, after I shopped in Karasuma area, but needed to meet friends in Kawaramachi area, then, I often choose walking through this market from the Takakura street to the Teramachi street. When I am in a hurry, I choose another favorite street, but when I have time, I tend to choose there to feel Kyoto. (When I was an university student, I lived around here, and I sometimes flash back to my experience at that time. For preparing dinner, I often came to buy something, and my favorite at that time was cooked fish at Uoriki!.)

2011/09/30

KYO: Ippodo Tea Co.

Ippodo Tea Co.


I basically prefer coffee. When I stroll around Kyoto, I always take a break at coffee shop. However, in this summer, I had two opportunities to enjoy this Ippodo Tea Co. to admire varieties of green teas in Japan. When the clients visit Japan, we usually tend to recommend “Tea Ceremony”. I believe that it would be a wonderful experience for them, but here, we can enjoy more casually, even you do not have much time. It is located in the teramachi street, and this area is a little bit north than Kyoto City Hall. It is not exactly in the city center, but if you come to this area, you will be able to see hidden and interesting shops for shoes, used books, antiques, Asian items, chic restaurants or café, and so on.

Ippodo started 1717, as “Omiya” by Ihei Watanabe, a merchant from Omi (Shiga prefecture). In 1846, Omiya is honored the name of “Ippodo”, which means “To concentrate on keeping only teas”. From that time, Ippodo has kept introducing and selling only Japanese teas, with sincerity.

In this shop, there is a café called “Kaboku”, taken from a name of tea. We can experience the  techniques for brewing the different types of green tea. Green tea is roughly graded into three categories depending on the quality of the leaf: refined (Gyokuro), medium (Sencha), and coarse(Bancha). The refined one is called Gyokuro. Probably, you will have some chances to have Maccha or Sencha, so I would recommend you to have “Gyokuro”. Or, if you visit there with your friends, it would be nice to see the different kinds of teas, since the temperature and the waiting time are different.

If you are interested in learning more about green tea, it is also great to join a workshop held also here. Small Japan will be happy to arrange it in the future.

<High Spots>
When you try it, I would like to suggest these;
-      To try “Gyokuro”, it is no more a thirst-quenching drink, you will stand at the entrance of the world of Japanese tea.
-      To see carefully the teas sold in this shop. Compare the color, and ask the difference to the shop staff.

2011/08/15

KYO: Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu Shrine



Honestly speaking, this shrine never moved my heart even it was very popular shrine for strangers. I can say that the huge vermilion Torii Gate sticks out in people’s mind, and my impression towards this shrine is, something like “pomp-filled”. Probably, there are people who like that kind of mood, so please don’t get any wrong ideas that this shrine is not recommendable. For me, shrines are the place to face the gods or my personal spirits, so it just did not moved me.
My last visit was on a very hot summer day in 2011. (I guess I missed the best season!). I started walking from Sanjodori street, because I always like to enter from the huge Torii Gate. Then, I walked a few hundred meters, and went through the Otemon gate. First, the large gravelly forecourt jumped to my eyes. I walked straight ahead to the main building to honor the god. Sorry to say that, but I have no specific feeling for those emperors…. Anyhow, I was looking forward to visit the garden today. I walked all the four; the south, the west, the middle, and the east. After visited all the gardens, I felt that it was nice, but I should have visited probably in spring or early summer. Even it was a hot, summer day with sun-shine, I could not even enjoy the greenery on that day. By the way, the south is one of the greatest ones with cherry blossoms. Also, the garden features plants which appear in Heian period literary works, and people can think of the dynastic culture. The west garden is famous for thousands of irises. It is nice to visit in the early summer. The middle garden is also nice to visit in the early summer. The pond is filled with lilies. In the east, there is a huge pond called Seiho-ike, surrounded by double cherry blossoms, japonica, and other flowering trees and shrubs. In conclusion, I think the best season to admire those flowers and trees in this garden is, spring or early summer. I used to visit here at night in spring to enjoy a fantastic cherry blossom concert! If you have any chance to visit in the beginning of April, I would recommend to join that concert.

<Overview>
This shrine was constructed in 1895 to commemorate 1100 years since Emperor Kammu transferred the capital to Kyoto in 794. Emperor Kammu is enshrined as the shrine’s divinity. Emperor Komei, the last emperor to rule from Kyoto, was also deified here in 2600th year of the imperial line (1940). The shrine is about two-thirds scale replica of the Chodo-in, which was the center of administration in Heiankyo (Kyoto was called “Heiankyo” when the capital was here.)  Main structures include the two storied Otemon Gate and the single-storied Daigokuden, which stands behind the Otemon Gate. Displaying a hipped and gabled roof, Daigokuden is a Worshipper’s Hall. Towers stand to the east and west of Daigokuden; Soryu-ro to the east, and Byakko-ro to the west. Heian Jingu structures are meticulously researched reproductions of Heian-Period architecture. The shrine is designated as a Kyoto City Cultural Asset. Behind the main buildings is the Shinsen-En Garden, and expanse of four gardens covering about 30,000 square meters. Designed for walking-in, the gardens express landscaping styles of the Meiji era. Each garden is centered on a pond and depicts a different period of Kyoto history. The garden is a national Place of Scenic Beauty.


<High Spots>
When you visit here, I would like to suggest these;
- To visit there in spring, or early summer. (The night concert in April with cherry blossom viewing is also great.)
- To access on foot from Sanjodori street to admire the huge Torii Gate

KYO: Okakita

Okakita, Soba & Udon Restaurant

                                              
In this year’s Obon week (the period we respect our ancestors), I visited one of the most famous Soba & Udon noodle restaurants in Kyoto, Okakita. Located in Okazaki area, near Heianjingu Shrine, I had to wait around 20-mins to enter this restaurant. This restaurant was born in 1940, by Rokusaburo Kitamura, after his 17 years ascetic training. His obsessiveness for “Serving gentle & warm one bowl of noodle for clients” has been inherited since then. The greatest thing is, its broth. The broth for noodles, especially in Kyoto is really important for us. The broth is made of Rishiri Kombu (dried kelp from Rishiri, one of the greatest area of production of dried kelp), flakes of Urume (a round herring), Mechika (a salmon taken in Autumn), and mackerel. When you visit noodle restaurants in Kyoto and other western part of Japan, please drink the broth first, and feel the sophisticated aroma of that.

By the way, I love “Tori Namba” soba or udon, which is a bowl of noodle with chicken and green onion. Other specialties are, “Tempura Soba”, a bowl of soba noodle with Tempura (fried vegetables, shrimp, and so on). When I try Tempura Soba, I always ask to serve Tempura and noodles separately. If not, I have to eat Tempura soaked in the broth. However, I love to eat crisp Tempura, so it is my way of asking. In this restaurant, every tempura is served separately as I wish, so it is one of my positive points of this place. Originally, soba restaurants have been the place for “drinking (alcohol), so I also enjoyed one of the finest beers in Japan, “Kirin Lager Beer”.
Tori Namba Udon with Kirin Lager Beer

Okakita was renovated in 2008, so the interior of the restaurant is modern, but Japanese style. It is also important to feel comfortable in a cleanly restaurant, when we choose a recommended place for restaurants to the clients. In that mean, this restaurant is perfect. However, please note that we are not able to book in advance, so it is recommendable for the clients who can think it as an experience to stand in line waiting to enter here.