Just on the edge of town in Kyoto is Arashiyama. The touristy prefecture is famous for cherry blossoms in spring and brilliant orange maples in the fall. The timing wasn’t right for either but no matter. We were there for the monkeys. Continue reading
The last day of my 2007 trip to Japan we visited the city of Nara just to the south of Kyoto. Nara is famous for two things: Todai-ji and the many tame deer that roam the city. Continue reading
You may be thinking, “Fushimi Inari whaaa?” but I can assure you that you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re ever in Kyoto, definitely visit Fushimi. If you’ve ever in Fushimi definitely skip the sparrow. You’ll thank me on both counts. Continue reading
After a long day of meetings we slipped off to visit Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. It is, perhaps, one of the most iconic places in Kyoto and one that I’d seen numerous great photos of in the past. Continue reading
Perhaps you thought I was kidding when I said there was a temple or shrine every 500 feet on the Philosopher’s Walk? Check out this sign post for proof! We continued our stroll visiting most of the shrines along the way.
I spent another week in Japan in early August. the first morning we were in Kyoto we wandered the Philosopher’s Walk, a mile long path on the eastern side of the city. The trail skirts the hills and has a shrine or temple nearly every 500 feet. Continue reading
It’s just my luck that my day one day off in Tokyo was a Friday, when the only publicly accessible part of the Imperial Palace (Kokyo) complex, the East Garden, is closed. I got some great shots, though, of the Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge). Continue reading