Fushima Prayer Papers

O-mikuji are fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. These were photographed at Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari. You can even find them festooned over nearby trees.

Kyoto’s surprising gardens

There are small little gardens all over Kyoto – in restaurants, hotels and private homes in addition to the famous ones in temples. This one is the Hyatt Regency Kyoto’s.

Nishiki Ceiling

The banners change regularly, but the bright red, yellow and green light of the Nishiki Market ceiling in Kyoto remains the same. The Market is one of the suggested visits in all of our itineraries.

Photographing Nature

Kyoto’s famous bamboo forest is best photographed when there are few people around. Early morning will usually find you there with only your fellow photographers.

Teeny, Tiny Fish

One of the many products you can find on sale in markets throughout Japan. These were spotted in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market.

Reflecting Fish

The vibrant red, green and yellow ceiling lights of Nishiki market are reflected in the cellophane wrapping of these dried fish on display.

Takashimaya Directions

The Takashimaya department store is such a landmark that it merits it’s own mention on the direction signs in a subway train station several blocks away.

Fushimi Filter

Just for fun, we decided to see take a photo of the Fushimi entrance through our sunglasses. Compare this with the true color and you can get a sense of the distortion you experience when you where sunglasses all the time.

Fushimi Inari Entrance

Not quite as famous as the nearby walk of 10,000 torii gates, the massive entrance torii to Fushimi Inari glows a brilliant orange in the late afternoon summer sun.

Gion Lamp

The bright, vivid red of a lamp in the Gion beckons the patrons into this establishment in Kyoto’s geisha district.

Arashiyama’s River

This serene river goes by three different names as it winds its way through Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. Can you tell us what they are?

Beautiful Dining

Yudofu, in Arashiyama, is a beautiful location to enjoy a special tofu meal. You’ll be served a variety of forms of tofu in a set course luncheon selection.

Unexpected Sashimi

While dining at Endo, one of Kyoto’s well-known tempura restaurants, we were also treated to an exquisitely presented sashimi course.

Bamboo Forest Path

One of the views of Kyoto’s famed Bamboo Forest in the Arashiyama district. Be sure to be there before 7am to avoid all the tourists; this place has recently become jammed with thousands of tourists all day long.

River Reflections

Sometimes simple every day things are a still life in the making. These empty boats were sitting on the still waters of the Oi river in Arashiyama one early morning, just waiting for tourists to come for a ride.

The new UPS?

We’re used to seeing the big brown trucks all over, delivering packages. This smaller scale solution was spotted in Kyoto, where a bicycle and cart is used for package delivery.

Summer Treats?

We’re not sure if your kids would go for these, but the Japanese must. These lemon cooled cucumbers on a stick were on sale on the street in Arashiyama (western Kyoto) in the summer.

Yum… Miso

This shop in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market specializes in Miso paste. Shown here are four different varieties as well as “serving suggestions” for how they would look when transformed into miso soup.