Took a four day trip to Kyoto with my wife Yuko, little sister Mayumi and brother-in-law Gary last week.
The first three days were freakishly warm for late November.
The last day was very windy and cold. In fact, it snowed in Chiba the morning after we returned.
We saw beautiful kimonos,
and spectacular night illuminations.
It was the very middle of high season for autumn colours.
Also, it was high season for tourists from all over.
At first I thought they were trash receptacles; turns out they’re for plastic bags for visitors to carry their shoes.
It was easier than pie to get traditional looking shots.
Eikan-do was so crowded. Below, somehow, there are no people.
This is an interesting shot but it really requires post production work.
Everywhere you looked, the scenery was grand.
A view from the backyard.
In summary, Kyoto was stunning in its beauty, the number of tourists packed into each attraction was staggering (literally), and the weather cooperated just enough to make it a very nice trip.