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Evening Streets

I missed catching the setting sun but was able to just get a glimpse of the reflection as it disappeared over the horizon. I liked the contrast between day and night in this shot. It was handheld so we don't see the cars moving too…

Kamogawa Evening Walk

Heading North this evening from the City I walked up to KitaOji Bridge. The northern reaches of the Kamogawa river open up quite a bit and around Shimogamo Shrine there are lots of green shady areas for people to rest in the evening…

Autumn Season Change

As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle of the day as well as late in the evening, there is a keen sense of a season change upon us. It may still seem hot and feel like summer, but Autumn is not far away. Scenes like this one…

Summer Breeze

It's getting a little cooler recently thanks to some gentle breezes blowing through. It's still nice to head to the river in the evenings though and enjoy oneself.

Dreamton Village, Kameoka

I recently visited the English themed restaurant and surrounds called Dreamton Village by its owner, in Kameoka, Kyoto. A lot of work and thought has gone into creating British style architecture and atmosphere in this area of the…

Deep Blue Sunset, Kamogawa

It was a magnificent sunset the other day on the Kamogawa River. Here you can see the full width of the sky with yellows and oranges mixed with a deep blue. The focus of the light as all funneled to the back left corner and down, which…

Gion Matsuri

One of the most important festivals of the year, and one that takes over the city of Kyoto for almost a month as the town comes together to prepare and take part. I have more photos from the parade and the preparation stage as well.…

Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise

I got up early today for some reason and was surprised to see a wonderful pink sky outside the window. When I went out on the street I took a few quick shots and ended up with this as one of the first ones. Almost looks like a lightning…

Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei

Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show a few shots of the ropeway car that took me to the top of Mount Hiei. It was a smooth ride from the center of Kyoto, first on the Keihan railway to Demachiyanagi station and then on…

Mount Hieizan, Sunset

I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount Hieizan to see if I could find any good late evening shots. I found that the view towards Lake Biwa was uninterrupted, but looking back towards Kyoto City there were a few trees and other…

Teramachi dori

Teramachi dori is one of the older well known streets in Kyoto. Its current image is one of a covered mall stretching from Shijo dori up to Oike dori, and then open air from there up to the old Imperial Palace. It stretches further…

Summer dining on Kamogawa

Summer along the Kamogawa river in Kyoto is always busy. The Gion festival with its various preparations takes place during the rainy season and tourist numbers are always large to see this. Locals as well as tourists make great use of…

Kyoto Station View

Looking back down towards Kyoto Station from the main road You can see another photo I took from inside the station here, or the view from the top of Kyoto Tower at sunset here.

Kamogawa Sunset

We are into the rainy season now, but towards the end of the day it can suddenly fine up and the sky can produce some magic colors. I took this shot a few days ago after the rain was clearing. I liked the mist cloud sitting in the base…

Warabi Mochi, Kitsune Udon

There are so many different types of foods you can find at these casual drop in food places. Here, the sign is offering Warabi Mochi, Kitsune Udon and Zaru soba. Have you tried any of these?

Sanmon at Nanzenji

Standing at the base of the Sanmon at Nanzenji Temple admiring the color and grain of the wood and wondering whether to make the climb to look at the view from on top. I did go to the top as well, and posted this photo from there on…

Aqueduct at Nanzenji Temple

The aqueduct seen here brings water down from Lake Biwa and was constructed during the Meiji Period. The water is processed in a plant near Nanzenji Temple. The aqueduct is located inside the grounds of the Nanzenji Temple and combined…

Kiyamachi Dori

Kiyamachi Dori in Kyoto is one of the well known streets in Kyoto city. The Takase river which was built in the 1600's to transport materials and goods between Kyoto and Osaka runs along the street.

Walking through Kyoto

Kyoto is a great place to walk since the center of town is quite flat, the roads are built on a grid system which makes navigating easy and the road surfaces are good underfoot. As you get into the surrounding areas such as here near…

Kinkakuji

Yesterday I visited Kinkakuji after the rain from the typhoon. The pond was a bit murky, but the gold was glittering.

Isetan at Kyoto Station

Taking a look down the long escalators in the Isetan building at Kyoto Station. This is the same architect that designed the Osaka Umeda Sky Building. Amazing lattice roof structure. I think I have a better photo of this somewhere, but…

Aoi Matsuri

The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three main festivals held in Kyoto each year in addition to the Festival of the Ages (Jidai Matsuri) and Gion Festival. The festival has its origins from the time of Emperor Kinmei back in the 500's, and…