The Chushojima area of Kyoto is not written-up in many guide books, which is unfortunate, as this area has much to offer.
As the... more » title of this guide says; Chushojima is the Sake capitol of Japan,and the area has a long history of brewing sake, some say as far back as the 4th century, though the rise to sake prominence is associated with the "Edo Period" (1615-1868).The "Gekkeikan Okura Kinenkan", once a sake warehouse,now a sake museum,and operated by one of the largest sake makers in Japan,where, along with "Kizakura-kappa-country" ("Kizakura Sake" breweries), you can sample the different types of sake,take a tour through their factory and purchase souvenirs.But it's not just the Sake breweries that are on display here. There is the Choken-ji Temple, which is dedicated to "Benzaiten", the Goddess of Beauty and Arts, or the many typical Japanese restaurants, serving local delicacies, and Souvenir shops, that will help you solve the problem of what to take-home for friends and family.And lets not forget Sakamoto Ryomo, a famous Imperial loyalist who helped change the face of Japan.Whenever Sakamoto was in the area, he would stay at The Teradaya Inn, where, in 1866, there was a failed attempt to assassinate him. Then,after your busy days sightseeing, why not take a stroll along the Takasegawa canal, or, if you want to chill-out and let someone else do the hard work, take one of the canal-boats,and relax with a a leisurely cruise through the quiet back streets of Chushojima. less «