It was too short. That sums up my visit of Kyoto. Bad weather on top of tight viewing schedules and complicated bus transfers resulted in only a few hours in the city. Thus we missed the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the long stretch of beautiful, red torii gates, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – two of Kyoto’s most iconic destinations.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the quick tour of Kyoto I had. We visited the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and strolled through the streets of the ancient city. It was still really enjoyable for me since, of all the spots we’ve visited so far, this looked most like the streets in the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie and I was fan-girling over it. Between that and my penchant for old architecture and conservation, I was on a high.
The rain prevented me from taking as many photos as I wanted, so all I have are a handful of snippets from that day. Despite the weather ruining my opportunity to shoot, I did like the cast it put over the city. The dull grayness of it all complemented the busy narrow streets and the old buildings in such a way that it added more character. Next time though, I’ll have to time my visit for more sun so I could capture everything bathed in brightness.
here is a small collection of shots from Kyoto’s streets.