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Kyoto Photo Walk 2

I’m having my hands full of work these days but today I managed to organize and upload more photos of my previous visit to Kyoto, a very beautiful city in central Japan. *At the moment I’m struggling to find a balance between work, life and time to post stuffs here – also been developing some chronic back pain lately that make things worse, hopefully I’ll get well soon ^^;

Anyway, you can find the first part of my Kyoto Photo Walk post here. A list of places visited for this post:

  • Tenryu-ji Temple 天龍寺
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Okochi-Sanso Villa 大河内山荘
  • Nonomiya Shrine 野宮神社
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple 金閣寺
  • Gion 祇園

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Started my day by heading west to Arashiyama via Kyoto Station. Some road construction works going on at the traffic lights in front of the station.

 

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Took some random shots of people traveling in and out of Kyoto station.

 

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Taking the JR San-In line from Kyoto station to Saga-Arashiyama Station which is only a few stops away.

 

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Taking a stroll from Saga Arashiyama station towards Tenryu-ji temple.

 

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Love the street scenery around this quiet neighborhood.

 

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Arriving at the entrance of Tenryu-ji temple – a zen temple with a beautiful garden and pond.

 

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Exploring around at the temple grounds.

 

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From the temple garden/main hall, go uphill and exit by the north gate and turn left will get you to Arashiyama’s famous Bamboo Grove.

 

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Taking a nice morning walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

 

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There is only one main path here in the bamboo grove but I stayed for a while here just to enjoy the scenery.

 

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Also took a quick walk around Arashiyama Park – just turn left at the end of the bamboo grove path and you’ll get to the park.

 

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Also took some time to visit Okochi-Sanso Villa – paid the 1000 yen entrance fee but honestly I don’t think it’s worth for a visit. You’ll get to see the gardens here and of course the villa with a cup of hot macha tea.

 

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Backtracking the bamboo path after the visit to Okochi-Sanso Villa. Notice there are more tourists around here since it’s late morning by that time – I would advise to come here in the early morning if you want take photos of the bamboo grove with less tourists in your photos ^^;

 

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Exiting the bamboo grove and keep heading east will lead you to Nonomiya shrine.

 

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Bamboo dragonflies that balances on your fingertip – do want?

 

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This is Nonomiya shrine 野宮神社 – which literally means field palace. A shinto shrine that dates back to  the 7th century.

 

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This shrine is small but quite popular as it is one of the settings in the Tale of Genji” – a classic work of Japanese literature written back in the 11th century.

 

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Notice that unlike other shinto shrine, Nonomiya shrine has a black tori gate (Kuroki No Torii).

 

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Apparently this is a popular shrine for females who come here to pray for love.

 

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I was told that rubbing the turtle stone will make your wish come true within the year.

 

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Ema – these are wooden plaques with wishes written on them.

 

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Old school Medium-format photography going on here. Speaking of photography, all photos posted here are taken with my Sony A7ii with a prime lens: Sony Zeiss 35mm F2.8 – really enjoyed shooting travel/street photography with this incredible combo.

 

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Cute little stone statues :3

 

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Dango with Soya sauce nom nom nom!

 

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Getting on the Keifuku line train at Arashiyama station. From here you can get to Kitanohakubaicho Station and walk up north to Kinkakuji.

 

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Taking some stealth shots before the train operator steps in ^^;

 

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From Kitanohakubaicho Station, walk up north for about 15 minutes and you’ll reach Kinkakuji.

 

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Entrance ticket for the golden pavilion – kinda looks like a talisman.

 

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There it is – the golden bling bling pavilion. Such a beauty.

 

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Exploring the temple grounds – this place is jam-packed with visitors ><

 

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Out and around the streets in Kyoto.

 

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Advertisements plastered over the stairs in Japanese subways. Kinda cool to look at.

 

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Hopping onto a train to Gion.

 

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Took some random shots in a random anime/game store. Found some nostalgic video games here.

 

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Yakitori restaurant in Gion getting ready for business at late afternoon.

 

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Street landscape at Shijo Dori, which leads to Gion in the west.

 

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A standing-ramen shop – there is no seating area and customers dine at the bar.

 

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Random shots of Japanese beers sold at konbini – tried the lychee flavored ones and tasted kinda weird for me ><

 

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The scenery here at night is much more beautiful – which for some reasons I forgot to take pictures when I passed by here later that night ><

 

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Got to try out a bowl of ramen with garlic and black sesame seasonings. Very nom nom nom.

 

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Walking around Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district – a traditional entertainment district of hostess bars, elite restaurants and geisha houses.

 

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Along Hanami-koji street, this is the main street in Gion. The restaurants here are full of atmosphere, which is nice (and also expensive) to dine in.

 

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Be sure to act respectfully if you manage to spot a geisha – there have been many complaints against tourists ><

 

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Was walking by this restaurant and saw this chef at the door. I immediately stopped, turned and took this shot.

 

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Saw a Geisha (or Geiko for Kyoto dialect) on her way out from a narrow street in Hanami-koji. Managed to take a shot of her while she’s standing still at the traffic lights just outside of Hanami-koji. Lovely.

 

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Gateway leading to Hanami-koji.

 

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It’s getting late so decided to head back to home base – not by taxi though since Japanese taxi fare cost like a bomb ^^;

 

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