So much Kansai, so little time.
I don’t want to spend all my time writing photoblog posts, so I’m combining several days worth of bits and pieces into a set meal here. In order, we have:
- Toji Temple Market (largest in Japan, 21st of every month).
- Fushimi Inari (I’ve taken so many photos here, I just don’t know how I can possibly get anything really new).
- Keage Incline (abandoned section of the Keihan Line in Higashiyama).
- Kanga-an (Emperor Go-Mizuno’s villa, converted a temple which now houses a vegetarian restaurant and bar).
- Hirano Jinja (just north of Kitano Tenmangu, sporting some early Sakura).
- Kinkajuji, arguably the most famous tourist spot in Kyoto. I’d been once and found myself depressed by the massive and obnoxious crowds, but I was in the area and the sun was shining. And I admit, it is gorgeous – but the crowds are still just as bad.
- Honen-in – My precious postage stamp of a temple in northern Higashiyama. Meter-for-meter maybe the most beautiful temple in the world.
- Minoo – Japan’s first National Park, in the mountains north of Osaka. Home to Minoo Falls, a 33-meter waterfall (and monkey fugitives, apparently).
- Kobe – As seen from the City Hall (free) observation deck. A city lacking in real knockout attractions, but generally very attractive and liveable. Perfectly sandwiched between the mountains and the sea.