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Kyoto, Walking

geta, good for walking, but not in todays rain
geta, good for walking, but not in todays rain

I came on a short trip to Kyoto, arriving last night having taken the shinkansen from Tokyo with family. It was raining when we arrived but eager to see the town we headed out and took a few snaps.

These were taken in the rain with a new camera so I’m not sure how they turned out. I can’t see them on a good screen as I have just a laptop to work with here. Hopefully, the photos capture a little of the atmosphere of this great city, Kyoto.

I have traveled to Kyoto many times during my time in Japan. It remains my favorite city to visit, and I may consider moving there in the future.

nice peaceful river shot near kawaramachi
nice peaceful river shot near kawaramachi
pontocho in the evening. the rain just about to start again
pontocho in the evening. the rain just about to start again
looking the other way up pontocho
looking the other way up pontocho

I used to visit Kyoto years ago and always liked walking down Pontocho. It is one of the older parts of town with a rich history and has many tea houses lining the riverbank side. You can often see Maiko walking down Pontocho heading to work in the evening.

some nice lanterns out on pontocho stores
some nice lanterns out on pontocho stores
found these little beauties outside one of the stores. Welcome Bunnies
found these little beauties outside one of the stores. Welcome Bunnies
looks like a good place to eat some eel
looks like a good place to eat some eel
most of the stores on the river side of pontocho have outside decks
most of the stores on the river side of pontocho have outside decks

It was warm despite the rain with the temperature in the high 20’s. Kyoto is like a basin with mountains on all sides. That means hot and muggy in summer, cold in winter. It’s beauty wins you over though!

the river bank a kawaramachi is a popular spot in summer for couples
the river bank at kawaramachi is a popular spot in summer for couples
Chugenji Temple near Gion Corner
Chugenji Temple near Gion Corner

This was a nice surprise after a long walk in the rain. It is quite easy to find girls wearing traditional kimonos or yukatas in Kyoto, but catching this glimpse of the old with the new trying to hide from the rain, was great.

traditional dress, modern toys
traditional dress, modern toys

Planning to get some rest and then go to some of the Sites tomorrow. Should have better pictures during the day time, although the weather report says rain.

Hope you enjoy these brief Kyoto reports whilst I am visiting. I will be back in Tokyo next week.

16 Comments on this Post

  1. Great pictures! I especially loved the last one, sort of eye-opening.

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  2. I love the pictures too! Made me want to go to Kyoto and see everything for myself!

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    • Kyoto is such a great place to visit. The city is bustling and vibrant. the tourist sites are well kept and cater well to both Japanese and foreign tourists

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  3. The bunnies expression is priceless.

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  4. Yes take bunnies home,Rilakkumas new play mates:) You sure take some great photos!B) Glad your able to get away from the the big city for something more peaceful. Yes that last photo is a mix of the old and the new, nothing wrong with that in the least. Look forward to more pics, have fun.:)

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  5. Angelicca

    I love your pictures:)

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    • Thank you. Much appreciated. Yesterday yielded over 500 photos so it might take a while to get them organized and posted. Hope you enjoy them once they're up

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  6. Taylor

    those pics are awesome!! :D i would totally live there!! :D

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  7. Really great photos, Shibuya, taking in some great little parts of Kyoto. You can't even see the rain, to be honest!

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