Friday - - Leisure -

WHERE? Kichisen, Ky­oto, Ja­pan WHAT? Deep-pock­eted purists only buy the Ja­panese ver­sion of th­ese mush­rooms, found be­neath red pines near Ky­oto from Septem­ber to midNovem­ber. With an an­nual har­vest of less than 1,000 tonnes, ex­pect to pay up to $2,000 per kilo­gram.

Try some at Kichisen, which serves Ky­oto’s best kaiseki (multi-course din­ner), where the fungi’s fans flock to sam­ple Dobin Mushi, a sapid plat­ter of Mat­su­take steamed with chicken, fish or shrimp.

DON’T MISS: A visit to the Unesco World Her­itage Site-classed his­toric mon­u­ments of An­cient Ky­oto, fol­lowed by a trip to Iwatayama Mon­key Park.

SPEND THE NIGHT: At The Hy­att Re­gency, a chic five-star ho­tel at the heart of one of the city’s old­est dis­tricts.

GEGETTING THERE: Emi­rates ha­has di­rect flights to Osaka frofrom Dh5,185.

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