We wanted to visit Kisshokaryo Kyoto to try their warabi mochi and to our surprise the cafe is so popular that you need to collect a queue ticket for an allocated seating time. When we arrived at close to 4pm, the shop’s queue numbers for the day has been fully given out (and they are supposed to end their business at 7pm).
Nonetheless we managed to buy takeaway warabi mochi from their retail shop. The cafe is also famous for their dessert creations which we would have to give it a miss.
The warabi mochi came with packets of kinako powder, kuromitsu (Japanese black syrup) and even disposable dessert fork. Japanese packaging is always so thoughtful.
The warabi mochi is stretchy yet has a jelly-liked moistness when you placed it in your mouth. Although Singapore has a few cafes beginning to serve warabi mochi, the quality is still a far cry from the ones in Japan.
We also brought back uji matcha chocolate daifuku from the shop.
As we visited during Autumn, the weather in Japan was cool enough to keep it without refrigeration; we managed to carry it along our trip. As it’s vacuum sealed, we even brought it back to Singapore before tasting it. However do note that once you placed it in the fridge, the chocolate filling would harden and you’ll have to “thaw” it slightly before eating it.
The subtle bitterness of matcha powder coating the soft daifuku filled with sweet chocolate filling was a nice combination. In fact as a daifuku fan, I prefer this over the famed Nama chocolate in Japan.
Earlier photos taken:
Our trip to Rurikoin near Mount Hiei in the morning took us longer than planned. Because when we reached the Yase–Hieizanguchi Station at 11am (the Rurikoin temple opens at 8.30am), the tickets they were selling for entry were for the 1.30pm slot!!! Meaning there is a 2.5 hours waiting time to enter, an unexpected wait as there isn’t much info about the queue system for this temple during Autumn season.
The good news is there is sufficient sights to keep us entertained during the 2.5 hours wait. We wandered around the area and managed to capture many beautiful scenes of the river and the mountain.
Fiery red maple leaves and foliage.
Wonderful place to take a stroll and enjoy the sights, especially with clear blue sky.
We headed to the gathering point at our allocated time of 1.50pm and were then led to another waiting area right outside the temple.
As usual, we need to take off our shoes and enter the wooden building with tatami flooring and begin exploring the views from the vantage points. Of course, the key highlight on everyone’s mind had to be the “magical room” on the 2nd storey. The view which was printed even on the entry tickets.
I was absolutely impressed by this room, not only because of the sight it offers outside but also within the room itself. You would be much less impressed if I had shown you photos of how the room actually looked like. From a standing height, this room looks pretty normal. However when we knelled down in front of the well-polished table to take the shot, magic happens. In fact almost everyone visiting this place knew the perfect angle to capture the amazing image. The corner of the room was in fact deliberately cordoned off to facilitate photo-taking.
The same view taken from different perspective delivered absolutely different results. That was what intrigued me most.
Interestingly, the place is just as popular during Summer when the foliage outside turns into a green curtain.
It was totally worth the 2.5 hours wait for the entry. We left in awe over its beauty and I would highly recommend visitors to commit the time and effort to visit this gem. *do take note of their opening dates*
Near the temple was a private compound but we spotted this quaint garden setting, I wished I could sit down to enjoy a cuppa here!
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