We walked under a cloudburst of the brightest autumn hues we had witnessed this far into the trip. We were at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, and after a morning milling around thousands of other tourists at Tenryu-ji and Arashiyama’s Bamboo Grove, we had ventured to the furthest periphery of Kyoto, where it meets the mountains and countryside […]Read More Adashino Nenbutsu-ji 化野念仏寺
I’d foolishly neglected Fushimi Inari on my previous visit to Kyoto, and for the life of me, I couldn’t remember why. Maybe it was logistical. Or perhaps I was shrine-fatigued – an easy affliction to catch in traditional Kyoto. Could it have been that I’d seen many picture postcard images of its arcade of vermillion […]Read More Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社
Through the trees, a giant stone face smiles serenely down on the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. The few people walking the rain-slicked cobbled streets pay it little mind. The statue doesn’t seem to care. Arms folded, eyes closed, face restful, it seemed to wish compassion to all who walked past. As I spotted her through […]Read More Ryozen Kannon 霊山観音
When I mentioned to someone that we’d visited Kagurazaka, they merely asked me ‘why?’. True enough, it isn’t one of the most well-known areas of Tokyo to international tourists, and although located within Shinjuku City, there are more renowned areas to visit, explaining why most people overlook it. There aren’t any grand landmarks, fashion hubs, […]Read More Kagurazaka 神楽坂
Koishikawa Kōrakuen 小石川後楽園 We arrived at Koishikawa Kōrakuen fifteen minutes before opening. When we eventually entered, it seemed we were also too early for the bright autumn colours this garden is famous for. The maples, though beginning to turn, with smatterings of fiery colour, remained mostly verdant. Ah, well. Shouganai – can’t be helped. We […]Read More Koishikawa Kōrakuen and Rikugien Gardens.