PICTURES of KYOTO
HIGASHIYAMA and GION
This area of Kyoto is rich in history and tradition, with many beautiful temples, traditional shops and old wooden town houses. In some places you might well feel you have traveled bake in time and are strolling through Edo Era Japan.
ALONG the KAMOGAWA
The Kamogawa runs through the center of Kyoto and is a gathering place for all kinds of Kyoto-ites. Office workers eat their o-bento here in good weather. Joggers, cyclists, strollers and dog walkers make good use of the river paths. Musicians practice their instruments, artists sketch and exercisers do push-ups, yoga and Tai Chi. Bird watchers photograph the wild-life. In summer children play in the shallow water, and on weekend evenings young people gather on the banks near Demachinagi, Shijo and Sanjo Bridges to socialize and drink. Lovers kiss in the darkness. Festivals are held on the banks.
KYOTO at NIGHT
Kyoto at night is an exciting place, full of lanterns and neon signs. The stores close at 8:00 but then you can head for one of the enticing restaurants. Sushi? Noodles? An izakaya? Maybe Karaoke? But like Cinderella at the ball, you'd better keep an eye on the time because the subway closes before a little before midnight.