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Kyoto

We arrived in Kyoto by bullet train and were thankful to have caught views of snow capped Mt Fuji on the way. Kyoto impressed us as a stunning mix of old and new Japan. It was formerly Japan's Imperial Capital and with 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites it is among the world's most culturally rich cities.

Five days were not enough to explore all sites; many were an easy walk from each other and close to the city centre but excellent train services and city buses assisted our sight-seeing further away in Nara and Arashiyama. We spent one day travelling to Hiroshima, a moving and most worthwhile experience and departed Japan at last from the super modern Kansai Airport outside Osaka.
Mt Fuji, from our train
Mt Fuji, from our train
... and again
... and again
Snacks on the train journey
Snacks on the train journey
Shinkansen (Bullet Train) arriving at Kyoto
Shinkansen (Bullet Train) arriving at Kyoto
A super modern train and a super modern station
A super modern train and a super modern station
Shinkansen train controller
Shinkansen train controller
Kyoto Station concourse
Kyoto Station concourse
Kyoto Station
Kyoto Station
Kyoto Station, reflections from across the road in late afternoon
Kyoto Station, reflections from across the road in late afternoon
Kyoto Station facade, late afternoon reflections
Kyoto Station facade, late afternoon reflections
KyotoTower looming up opposite Kyoto Station
KyotoTower looming up opposite Kyoto Station
Kyoto station ticket-operated cafe
Kyoto station ticket-operated cafe
Shopping mall below the Kyoto Central Station
Shopping mall below the Kyoto Central Station
Shopping mall below the main Kyoto Station
Shopping mall below the main Kyoto Station
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store, Dog Emporium!!!
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store, Dog Emporium!!!
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store,  dog outfits!!!
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store, dog outfits!!!
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store,  outfits for the totally spoiled dog!
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store, outfits for the totally spoiled dog!
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store,  sampling the chairs
Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store, sampling the chairs
Trying out a super chair, Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store.  It has EVERYTHING.
Trying out a super chair, Kyoto Yodobashi Department Store. It has EVERYTHING.
Kyoto Tower at night
Kyoto Tower at night
Cafe in the Kyoto Station complex
Cafe in the Kyoto Station complex
Greeted  in Kyoto by a polite but passionate demonstration against the use of nuclear energy
Greeted in Kyoto by a polite but passionate demonstration against the use of nuclear energy
Demonstration
Demonstration
Joining the demonstration
Joining the demonstration
Our Kyoto ryokan (Guest House) - sparse, but with full bathroom
Our Kyoto ryokan (Guest House) - sparse, but with full bathroom
The mandatory yukatas or happi coats
The mandatory yukatas or happi coats
Breakfast room at our ryokan
Breakfast room at our ryokan
Breakfast!!!
Breakfast!!!
Our alternative breakfast spot, close to the Kyoto Station,  Good COFFEE !!!
Our alternative breakfast spot, close to the Kyoto Station, Good COFFEE !!!
Votive messages at a Kyoto temple
Votive messages at a Kyoto temple
Kyoto couple on their day out
Kyoto couple on their day out
Torii gate at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Torii gate at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Entering the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Entering the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Votive tablets at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Votive tablets at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Endless torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Endless torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Twin avenues of torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Twin avenues of torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Endless torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Endless torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Endless torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Endless torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Miniature torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Miniature torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Votive offerings at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Votive offerings at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
 Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
 Fush Inari, happiness
Fush Inari, happiness
Peekaboo
Peekaboo
 Fushimi Inari Fox
Fushimi Inari Fox
Autumn colours in the eastern hills, Kyoto
Autumn colours in the eastern hills, Kyoto
Gathering around the incense burner at Kiyomizudera Temple
Gathering around the incense burner at Kiyomizudera Temple
Women dressed traditionally to visit a temple
Women dressed traditionally to visit a temple
Old-style shop in Kyoto
Old-style shop in Kyoto
Gate at Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, at Kyoto
Gate at Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, at Kyoto
Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, at Kyoto
Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, at Kyoto
Ginkakuji Temple and garden,
Ginkakuji Temple and garden,
Ginkakuji Temple and garden
Ginkakuji Temple and garden
Ginkakuji Temple and garden
Ginkakuji Temple and garden
Ginkakuji Temple
Ginkakuji Temple
Pagoda at Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto
Pagoda at Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto
Traditional kimono worn in Kyoto
Traditional kimono worn in Kyoto
We are pretty!!!
We are pretty!!!
Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Waterlilies in a pond at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Waterlilies in a pond at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Raked garden at a Kyoto temple
Raked garden at a Kyoto temple
Texture of Japan - stones and leaves
Texture of Japan - stones and leaves
Texture of Japan = waterlilies
Texture of Japan = waterlilies
Texture of Japan  -  moss on stone
Texture of Japan - moss on stone
Texture of Japan - old tree with moss
Texture of Japan - old tree with moss
Three-year-old in kimono
Three-year-old in kimono
Three-year-old in kimono
Three-year-old in kimono
Three year old in kimono
Three year old in kimono
Cafe
Cafe
Cafe
Cafe
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine message
Heian Shrine message
Heian Shrine message stand.
Heian Shrine message stand.
Ginkakuji Temple sake offerings
Ginkakuji Temple sake offerings
Traditional costume
Traditional costume
Kiyomizudera Temple on a hilltop
Kiyomizudera Temple on a hilltop
Brass lantern at Kiyomizudera Temple
Brass lantern at Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple
Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Scribe writing requested message
Scribe writing requested message
Shrine garden
Shrine garden
Shrine garden
Shrine garden
Heron and reflection
Heron and reflection
Trees
Trees
Shrine garden
Shrine garden
Shrine lake and garden
Shrine lake and garden
Traditional kimono
Traditional kimono
Traditional kimono
Traditional kimono
Traditional kimonos
Traditional kimonos
At Kansai Airport on the way home
At Kansai Airport on the way home
At Kansai Airport on the way home
At Kansai Airport on the way home
Bento box meals at Kansai Airport
Bento box meals at Kansai Airport
Bento box meals at Kansai Airport
Bento box meals at Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
At Kansai Airport
Hi-tech toilet, Kansai Airport
Hi-tech toilet, Kansai Airport
Hi-tech toilet, Kyoto
Hi-tech toilet, Kyoto
Hi-tech toilet, Kyoto
Hi-tech toilet, Kyoto
Hi-tech toilet, Kyoto
Hi-tech toilet, Kyoto