Historical Must-See for Tourists, Peaceful Respite for Locals: Kazamidori no Yakata, Moon Plaza, and Kitano Tenman Shrine

Have you ever visited a particularly scenic vacation spot and wished you could enjoy it without the throngs of other tourists? Unfortunately, it’s probably not possible unless you decide to move there — and even then, in cities like Kyoto, your dream of a strolling down a sparsely-peopled historical street may still be out of reach. So… why not move to Kitano?

One of the great things about living in Kitano is that locals really can have the beauty all to themselves in the morning and evening hours. Visitors start trickling in around 10 a.m., and leave for the restaurants and entertainment of Sannomiya by 5 in the afternoon. That means residents get plenty of peace and quiet here.

West meets East in Kitano: the Kazamidori no Yakata, built in 1909 by a German merchant, next to the entrance of the Kitano Tenman Shrine

I love coming to Moon Plaza in front of the Kazamidori no Yakata (known as Weathercock House in English) for a quiet after-work drink with my S.O., coffee with a friend, or alone just to take in the sun and the view. Sometimes I climb the stairs to the Kitano Tenman Shrine as part of my exercise routine when I’m out for a run. If it’s early or late enough in the day, I can enjoy these activities in relative solitude.

Early in the day, and not a single tourist in sight.

So, why not move to Kitano and enjoy this peaceful historical district with me? Just… try not to tell too many of your friends about it, promise?

I’m really feeling the name “Moon Plaza” tonight.

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