Kyoto Autumn Walk 2014

I joined an autumn walk around Kyoto last year and we saw some really nice places. We all met first in Arashiyama and walk all the way central Kyoto.

We passed by several temples and shrine but unfortunately, I lost the list of names that I made. So please enjoy the tour.

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The mountain and river in Arashiyama Kyoto.

On our way to the Golden Temple, we passed by this area

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The sun and the maple leaves

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I think this is the Saga-Arashiyama railroad.

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The maple tree and the train station.

Near the Golden Temple , we passed by a parking area and the trees are around it were very beautiful.

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Yellow !!

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Red!!

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More red maple leaves!

We stopped at nearby local park for lunch

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Ginko Tree.

After lunch we continue our walk to the next shrine. It was a small one , mostly local tourist but it was beautiful. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can remember how to get there too.

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The entrance to the temple or shrine(?). Unless you get inside the main hall , you don’t need to pay to enjoy the lovely trees outside.

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A close up.

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Another close up.

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The fallen leaves.

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The maple tree and the gate.

We continued our walk and on our way we passed by another big temple.

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Let’s check it out.

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This area is not open to the public but they opened the door, to allow visitor to glimpse at the garden.

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It would be nice to have a picnic under these trees.

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A small treat while walking along the Kamo River.

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The Sunset.

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Attempted night shot using iPhone.

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Another one.

We walked more or less 20 km around Kyoto that day. The weather was great, the company was great. It was an amazing day.

Kamo Adventure

Kamo was the the capital of Japan from 740-744.  It’s not really a major tourist destination in Kyoto but a really nice place to see some old cultural heritage and a good place to maybe get lost 🙂

Last Autumn 2014, I missed the first walking event organized by Mr.RB but he was very nice to do it again. Some of the leaves were gone already but we got the place to ourselves. We don’t have to compete with local tourist to see the places. It was cold but the walk warmed us and we saw some really interesting stone carvings along the way.

Our first destination is Gansenji(岩船寺). From Kamo Station, we took the community bus bound for 加茂山の家行き. It was the last stop and the temple was just 1 minute walk from the bus stop. It’s 600 yen to get inside.

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The Pagoda.

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The Pagoda again with the remaining maple leaves.

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The temple ground.

You can go inside the main temple of Gansenji and see old Buddhist relic or ring the small metal bowl for good fortune.

After we left Gansenji, we went to another temple but this one is free unless you go inside the main hall.
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The panoramic view of the temple.

But before that we found a pottery store and the two girls who were with got so excited and started shopping 🙂

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Pottery ?

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More?

We walked around as saw some really cool stone sculpture/statues which no ones really knows when it was made

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Like this Buddha statue carved at the side of the mountain. We could not get any closer so this was taken across from it.

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The Laughing Buddha. I guess these carvers or stone masons just randomly start to carve whenever they saw a big stone.

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This one has seen better days. But the outline is still there.

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Can you see the little statues on top of the rocks?

Another thing I like about places like Kamo, is that you can find small unmanned vegetable store. You buy local produce but instead of paying the owners, you put your payment in the box.

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Local farm store. The lady here is really nice, when saw me kept looking this:

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She gave me one. It’s called “Fox Face”. Its not edible and is only used for decoration.

When I came home, my backpack was really heavy. And this is one of the reason.
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In the Philippines, we call it Sayote and yes I made some really nice Chicken Tinola(Stew) with it.

It was a really nice walk. Thanks to RB the whole group had an amazing time at Kamo.

Hiking through Mt. Jubu

Early autumn Mr.R organized another fun hike from Ujitawara going through Mt. Jubu all the way to Kasagi. Well that was the plan, let’s find out if we made it all the way to Kasagi.

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Approaching the entrance to the mountain through this little temple.

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The name. Can you read it? Sorry I can’t.

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On our way to the summit of Mt. Jubu.

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The back of the “Golden Fetus Temple” based on our literal translation of the Kanji.

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A small pagoda, with Miss K 🙂

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These two were supposed to be my temple models. Can’t seem to get a good shot of them.

A few minutes later we got to the summit had our lunch and short rest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbmcONnisEU Here is a short video taken by Mr.RB (outdoorholic) of Mt. Jubu’s summit

After lunch it was decided that we will take the “interesting” way down to the mountain. It was an exhilarating experience that made my knees weak and shaking.

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We ended up at the end of the trail and all I could see is this boulder of rock. Mr.R told us that the waterfall is just below this cliff but I could not find a way down until he pointed this ..

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This is the way down. As soon as I saw this, my first thought was “I’m too young to die.” Okay, I’m exaggerating but I was scared to hell but it do our turn around alone.

I could not take some decent picture of our decent as my hand were busy grabbing the roots and rock and holding out for my dear life 🙂 but as soon as I reach a more safer area, I was able to get a shaky picture of these two , having fun. Boys 🙂

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As soon as we reach the bottom , Mr. R lead us to this boulders of rocks and we are supposed to pass through it. Don’t worry I did not have any problem passing through it 🙂
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Of course Mr. R was there to lend a helping hand so nothing to worry about.

We finally reached the “Thousand Hands Waterfall”.

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At this point my knees were like jelly, I was really surprised I did not fall on my face. It took a lot of control and concentration to command each part of my body not to give up on me.

A little later, we reach Tea Planet again 🙂

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So the question now, did we reach Kasagi? Well, the 3 girls did not through walking but by train.

After we reached foot of the mountain, S had a big blister, P had to go back to Osaka for some other appointment. So the group decided to just walk to the bus stop passing through the tea plantation and catch the bus to Kamo Station.

On our way we took a short detour and admire this very old tree.

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Sorry I forgot the name of the tree or how old it was.

When we reach Kamo Station , the boys decided to call it a day and us girls decided to travel all the way to Kasagi and enjoy the onsen.

All in all, it was a really great adventurous day. Going back if we decided which route to take again, I definitely will still choose the route we took. Of course, it will depend upon the group but with this group, definitely.

Thank you guys for a great day and to Mr. R for organizing and help. 🙂

Till the next adventure.

Kyoto Autumn 2013 : Eistsuin

The original plan was to finish around 3 pm at a tea house called Ippodo Tea Room but during our group talk at Shin-nyo-do everybody want something more filling than tea and sweets. Everybody was hungry.

We decided to walk to Shijo and Kawaramachi area where both Keihan Line or Hankyu Line is found so that if anybody decides to go home instead it would be easier and of course there are more choices of places to eat and drink around the area.

On our way , we passed by a small temple called Eisetsuin.

At first I actually thought it was a private residence or establishment but it turned out to be a small temple.

One of the participants decided to check out the tree near the gate and the next thing I know everybody was going inside to see the garden at the back.

Oh well 🙂

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The Buddha and The Trees

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Peeking through the door.

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An experimental shot.

We walked another 30 or 40 minutes and ended up in near Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. Everybody decided to join for a short drink and some dinner. It was a fun day. I was very happy that we had such a beautiful day during our hike but sad since T was not able to join because of work.

I hope you enjoyed this series of post of autumn beauty around Kyoto.

Till Next Autumn 🙂

Kyoto Autumn 2013 : Shin-nyo-do

From Nanzenji, our next destination was supposed to be Kyoto Gyoen which is more or less an hour walk from Nanzenji but somehow our destination changed again which was actually
a much better location. The place was called Shin-nyo-do but we like to call it Mr.K’s special place since he was the one who suggested and guided us there.

This was probably my favorite place of the day. The colors where just beautiful. There was also a 3 or 4 story pagoda which made a really nice backdrop to the place. There was a fee if you enter the special section inside the main hall but exploring the ground is totally free.

We stayed here a little bit longer and just enjoy the peacefulness and the beauty while resting our very tired feet.
Access:

From Kyoto Station ( Torimaru Central Exit)
Take the City Bus #5 from A1 or Bus #17 from A2 , around 40 minutes.

From Hankyu Shijo Kawaramachi Station
Take either Bus#5 or Bus #17 , around 20 minutes.

From Sanjo Keihan Station
Take Bus #5 , around 15 minutes

From Keihan Demachiyanagi Station
Take Bus #17, Chinchin Bus #102 or Bus#203 , around 10 minutes

From Subway Marutamachi Station
Take Bus #93 or Bus #204 about 10 minutes

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The view from back of the temple.

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The diety or is it the monk ? and the maple leaves.

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Side view of the main hall and the maple tree.

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Another one.

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A peek to the main hall from the maple tree.

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The ground and the pagoda

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The pagoda hidden among the maple trees.

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The ground near the pagoda .

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A peek of the pagoda.

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More colorful trees.

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Going out now.

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Another peek at the pagoda on our way out.

Next year, if I am still in Japan, I would definitely try to visit this place again.