Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

Japan

I spent about 3 weeks in Japan in September 2009. I mostly visited some of the best-known Japanese cities, but I also managed to get out into the countryside for some stunning views of Mount Fuji.

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Tokyo

Tokyo made for quite an introduction to Japan. Sometimes it was amazingly crowded - yes, I was on one of those subway trains where they were pushing people on one morning, and I encountered the bustle of Shinjiku Station and the surrounding area - but it was also possible to find a peaceful corner of a park to relax in. In one view, I could take in historical gardens and architecture along with modern skyscrapers. Japanese politeness and traditional customs were on display everywhere - it goes without saying the people exhibited it, but some of the ticket vending machines even had a little animation of somebody bowing. However, even on the fringe of the red light district I could get an impression of what went on in there. In the subway, the pace was frantic, but by the bay area there were places to amble along gently by the sea. It seemed to me as if Tokyo was a city where everything could be found - even a copy of the statue of liberty - and I enjoyed the contrasts.

One entrance to Ueno Park
One entrance to Ueno Park
In Ueno Park
In Ueno Park
Temple in Ueno Park
Temple in Ueno Park
Temple in Ueno Park
Temple in Ueno Park
Temple in Ueno Park
Temple in Ueno Park
A street in Ameyoko Arcade
A street in Ameyoko Arcade
Pachinko hall
Pachinko hall
Statue in Ueno Park
Statue in Ueno Park
View from Ueno Park
View from Ueno Park
View from Ueno Park
View from Ueno Park
Monument in Ueno Park
Monument in Ueno Park
Ueno Park
Ueno Park
Lake in Ueno Park
Lake in Ueno Park
Pagoda in Ueon Park
Pagoda in Ueon Park
Pagoda in Ueon Park
Pagoda in Ueon Park
In Ueon Park
In Ueon Park
Approaching the Imperial Palace area
Approaching the Imperial Palace area
City-center buildings
City-center buildings
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
Fountain park near the Imperial Palace
One of the gaurd houses on the Imperial Palace moat
One of the gaurd houses on the Imperial Palace moat
The Imperial Palace moat
The Imperial Palace moat
Old and new architecture, side by side
Old and new architecture, side by side
One of the gaurd houses on the Imperial Palace moat
One of the gaurd houses on the Imperial Palace moat
The Imperial Palace moat
The Imperial Palace moat
Tree hanging over the Imperial Palace moat
Tree hanging over the Imperial Palace moat
A whole collection of sky scrapers
A whole collection of sky scrapers
The Imperial Palace moat
The Imperial Palace moat
Imperial Palace gate
Imperial Palace gate
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge (this is as close as you can get normally)
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge (this is as close as you can get normally)
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge
Imperial Palace seen over a bridge
Imperial Palace moat
Imperial Palace moat
Samurai Statue near Imperial Palace
Samurai Statue near Imperial Palace
Samurai Statue near Imperial Palace
Samurai Statue near Imperial Palace
City center sky scapers
City center sky scapers
Approaching the Imperial Palace east gardens
Approaching the Imperial Palace east gardens
Approaching the Imperial Palace east gardens
Approaching the Imperial Palace east gardens
Approaching the Imperial Palace east gardens
Approaching the Imperial Palace east gardens
Building in Imperial Palace East Garden
Building in Imperial Palace East Garden
Building in Imperial Palace East Garden
Building in Imperial Palace East Garden
Building in Imperial Palace East Garden
Building in Imperial Palace East Garden
Fujimi-yagura (Mt Fuji View Tower) in East Garden
Fujimi-yagura (Mt Fuji View Tower) in East Garden
Remains of Edo-period Castle
Remains of Edo-period Castle
Remains of Edo-period Castle
Remains of Edo-period Castle
View from remains of Edo-period Castle
View from remains of Edo-period Castle
Remains of Edo-period Castle
Remains of Edo-period Castle
Tea house in the Imperial Palace East Gardens
Tea house in the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
In the Imperial Palace East Gardens
View from the Kitanomaru gardens
View from the Kitanomaru gardens
Nihon Budakon
Nihon Budakon
Statue on the approach to the Yasukuni Shinre
Statue on the approach to the Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre gate
Yasukuni Shinre gate
Another statue on the approach to the Yasukuni Shinre
Another statue on the approach to the Yasukuni Shinre
Another Yasukuni Shinre gate
Another Yasukuni Shinre gate
Yasukuni Shinre gate
Yasukuni Shinre gate
Entrance door to the Yasukuni Shinre
Entrance door to the Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre entrance
Yasukuni Shinre entrance
Yasukuni Shinre entrace
Yasukuni Shinre entrace
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre grounds
Yasukuni Shinre grounds
Yasukuni Shinre grounds
Yasukuni Shinre grounds
Cannon at the Yasukuni Shinre
Cannon at the Yasukuni Shinre
Model boat at the Yasukuni Shinre
Model boat at the Yasukuni Shinre
Statue at the Yasukuni Shinre
Statue at the Yasukuni Shinre
Yasukuni Shinre garden
Yasukuni Shinre garden
Yasukuni Shinre gate
Yasukuni Shinre gate
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Night view from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
The area around Shinjiku by night
Huge lattern at Thunder Gate, on the approach to the Senso Temple
Huge lattern at Thunder Gate, on the approach to the Senso Temple
Senso temple shopping sreet
Senso temple shopping sreet
Senso temple shopping sreet
Senso temple shopping sreet
Senso Temple gate
Senso Temple gate
At Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
Senso Temple gate with pagoda
Senso Temple gate with pagoda
Senso Temple pagoda
Senso Temple pagoda
Senso Temple gate
Senso Temple gate
Senso Temple gate
Senso Temple gate
Lattern hanging in Senso Temple gate
Lattern hanging in Senso Temple gate
Senso Temple gate
Senso Temple gate
One of the protectors of Senso Temple
One of the protectors of Senso Temple
Part of a Senso Temple lattern
Part of a Senso Temple lattern
Unknown object at Senso Temple
Unknown object at Senso Temple
Senso Temple Pagoda
Senso Temple Pagoda
Curious clock
Curious clock
One of the many other gates to Senso Temple
One of the many other gates to Senso Temple
Lion statue at Senso Temple
Lion statue at Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
Another shrine at Senso Temple
Another shrine at Senso Temple
Incense burner outisde a shrine at Senso Temple
Incense burner outisde a shrine at Senso Temple
Inside a shrine at Senso Temple
Inside a shrine at Senso Temple
A shrine at Senso Temple
A shrine at Senso Temple
A shrine at Senso Temple
A shrine at Senso Temple
Incense burner outside a shrine at Senso Temple
Incense burner outside a shrine at Senso Temple
Incense burner outside a shrine at Senso Temple
Incense burner outside a shrine at Senso Temple
Statue near to Senso Temple
Statue near to Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Inside Senso Temple
Shrine at Senso Temple
Shrine at Senso Temple
Statue at Senso Temple
Statue at Senso Temple
Inside of a shrine at Senso Temple
Inside of a shrine at Senso Temple
Inside of a shrine at Senso Temple
Inside of a shrine at Senso Temple
Statue at Senso Temple
Statue at Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
At Senso Temple
Senso Temple gate and pagoda
Senso Temple gate and pagoda
Senso Temple pagoda
Senso Temple pagoda
Lantern at Senso Temple
Lantern at Senso Temple
Cloth with kanji at Senso Temple
Cloth with kanji at Senso Temple
A beer company building. Apparently, they paid the architects in beer...
A beer company building. Apparently, they paid the architects in beer...
Sumida River
Sumida River
Sumida River
Sumida River
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices building
In the bay area
In the bay area
Bridge in the bay area
Bridge in the bay area
A ferris wheel is reflected by a glass building
A ferris wheel is reflected by a glass building
Fountain on approach to the bay area promenade
Fountain on approach to the bay area promenade
Cranes by the sea, seen from the bay area
Cranes by the sea, seen from the bay area
The bay area, with rainbow bridge in the distance
The bay area, with rainbow bridge in the distance
The bay area, with rainbow bridge in the distance
The bay area, with rainbow bridge in the distance
Random huge robot
Random huge robot
The walking trail by the sea
The walking trail by the sea
Tokyo's copy of the statue of liberty
Tokyo's copy of the statue of liberty
Buildings in the bay area
Buildings in the bay area
The sun lights up the sea
The sun lights up the sea
Buildings in the bay area
Buildings in the bay area
Buildings in the bay area
Buildings in the bay area
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
The sun starts to set over the bay
The sun starts to set over the bay
The sun starts to set over the bay
The sun starts to set over the bay
Clock, with rainbow bridge in the background
Clock, with rainbow bridge in the background
Fisherman
Fisherman
Fisherman
Fisherman
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Curious architecture...lots of stairs...
Curious architecture...lots of stairs...
Random huge gold pricky thingy (never figured out what this was for)
Random huge gold pricky thingy (never figured out what this was for)
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Sunset at Tokyo bay
Inside a Tokyo appartment building near Ueno, where I was hosted by some friends
Inside a Tokyo appartment building near Ueno, where I was hosted by some friends
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo
View over Tokyo

Yokohama

Just half an hour out of Tokyo, this city seems to merge in to it. I visited it for a couple of hours on a rather gray afternoon and took a trip to the top of the tallest building in Japan to get a view over it.

Landmark Tower, Japan's tallest building
Landmark Tower, Japan's tallest building
Art near Landmark Tower
Art near Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
Sculpture in the observation area of the Landmark Tower
Sculpture in the observation area of the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
Hikawa Maru boat seen from above
Hikawa Maru boat seen from above
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
View from the Landmark Tower
Landmark Tower
Landmark Tower
Art outside the Landmark Tower
Art outside the Landmark Tower
Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel
Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel
Looking towards Yokohama Cosmo World
Looking towards Yokohama Cosmo World
Hikawa Maru boat
Hikawa Maru boat
Hikawa Maru boat
Hikawa Maru boat

Kawaguchi-ko

Lake Kawaguchi is part of the five lakes region near Mount Fuji, and where I came hoping to get fine views of the famous mountain. I was incredibly lucky: I arrived to pouring rain, left to thick cloud, but the one full day I had there was just perfect. I woke up way too early, noticed the sky was clear, tried to sleep until a sensible time, finally gave up and headed outside. I was up earlier than the first cable car up to the viewing point ran, so first I walked around the lakeside a little way, and saw a slightly hazy reflection of Mount Fuji in the smooth water. The view from the viewing point was pretty good, though there was a little cloud around the peak. In the afternoon, I decided to walk all the way around the lake - almost 13 kilometers. For at least half of the walk, I had views of Fuji - and even better, the clouds near the top of it completely went away for a while! After the walk, I went to the point around the lake I'd walked in the morning, and watched the sun setting. It was a beautiful day's walking, and man was I glad to take my poor feet to the onsen that evening and give them a good soaking.

Old railway carriage outside railway station
Old railway carriage outside railway station
Fuji railway trains
Fuji railway trains
Kawaguchi-ko railway station
Kawaguchi-ko railway station
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Sculpture by Lake Kawaguchi
Sculpture by Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Lake Kawaguchi in the morning
Mount Fuji partially visible on the shores of Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji partially visible on the shores of Lake Kawaguchi
Hotels on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Hotels on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
On the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
On the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
On the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
On the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Kawaguchi
Steps up to a lookout over Lake Kawaguchi
Steps up to a lookout over Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
View of Lake Kawaguchi from cable car
View of Lake Kawaguchi from cable car
View of Mount Fuji from observation point
View of Mount Fuji from observation point
View over Kawaguchi-ko area
View over Kawaguchi-ko area
View over Kawaguchi-ko area
View over Kawaguchi-ko area
Shrine on Mount Fuji observation hill
Shrine on Mount Fuji observation hill
Shrine on Mount Fuji observation hill
Shrine on Mount Fuji observation hill
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
View over Kawaguchi-ko area
View over Kawaguchi-ko area
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
Mount Fuji seen from observation point
At the Mount Fuji observation point
At the Mount Fuji observation point
At the Mount Fuji observation point
At the Mount Fuji observation point
Flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen from a garden walking down from the observation point
Mount Fuji seen from a garden walking down from the observation point
Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers and Mount Fuji
Flowers and Mount Fuji
Flowers and Mount Fuji
Flowers and Mount Fuji
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
Small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
In the grounds of a small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
In the grounds of a small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
Small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
Small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
View from small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
View from small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
In the grounds of a small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
In the grounds of a small temple near Kawaguchi-ko
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Part of the path around Lake Kawaguchi
Part of the path around Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen accross Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen accross Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen accross Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen accross Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen through flowers
Mount Fuji seen through flowers
View from the bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
View from the bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
View from the bridge over of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the bridge over of Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen from the bridge accross Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen from the bridge accross Lake Kawaguchi
View from the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Shrine on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Shrine on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Gardens on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mount Fuji from the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji, flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji, flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji, flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji, flowers and Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Stone model of Mount Fuji, with the mountain itself in the background
Stone model of Mount Fuji, with the mountain itself in the background
Stone model of Mount Fuji, with the mountain itself in the background
Stone model of Mount Fuji, with the mountain itself in the background
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Botanical garden on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Looking towards an island on Lake Kawaguchi
Looking towards an island on Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Water sports the southwest of Lake Kawaguchi
Water sports the southwest of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Entrace to a temple on the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Entrace to a temple on the southwest shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Island on Lake Kawaguchi
Island on Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
View from the south shore of Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
Bridge over Lake Kawaguchi
The sun reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
The sun reflected in Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at dusk
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at dusk
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at dusk
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at dusk
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at dusk
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at dusk
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Mount Fuji seen over Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
Lake Kawaguchi at sunset
At Kawaguchi-ko station
At Kawaguchi-ko station
Fuji train
Fuji train
Another Fuji train
Another Fuji train

Kyoto

Kyoto is said to be Japan's capital of culture, and in many ways it does indeed fulfill a bunch of expectations I had about what I might see in Japan. I'd read that Kyoto had a lot to see, but even then I'd not really appreciated just how much; it was one of the places I spent longest in, and yet I could have spent just as long again there still. Unlike some cities that have a lot to see, though, Kyoto was not really a city for wandering around and enjoying. Yes, the temples and the shrines were beautiful and often quite genuinely historical, so there was a lot of great stuff to see and do. But the journeys between them - which I guess many people don't do on foot - were often far less inspiring. The beauty was there, but in spots that took a little seeking out. I'm happy I spent a while there, and would happily go back too, but to me it felt very much like a collection of great sights rather a coherent beautiful whole.

A small street near the ryokan I stayed at
A small street near the ryokan I stayed at
Kyoto Tower by night
Kyoto Tower by night
One gate of Higashi Hongan Temple
One gate of Higashi Hongan Temple
Higashi Hongan Temple
Higashi Hongan Temple
Sculpture at Higashi Hongan Temple
Sculpture at Higashi Hongan Temple
Higashi Hongan Temple moat
Higashi Hongan Temple moat
Higashi Hongan Temple moat with Kyoto Tower in the distance
Higashi Hongan Temple moat with Kyoto Tower in the distance
Higashi Hongan Temple moat
Higashi Hongan Temple moat
Kamo river
Kamo river
Statue at Sanjusangen Temple
Statue at Sanjusangen Temple
Gallery on the edge of Sanjusangen Temple
Gallery on the edge of Sanjusangen Temple
Gallery on the edge of Sanjusangen Temple
Gallery on the edge of Sanjusangen Temple
Sanjusangen Temple
Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
Shrine at Sanjusangen Temple
View over the Sanjusangen Temple pond
View over the Sanjusangen Temple pond
Some of the thousands of children visiting Sanjusangen Temple
Some of the thousands of children visiting Sanjusangen Temple
A Sanjusangen Temple gate
A Sanjusangen Temple gate
A Sanjusangen Temple gate
A Sanjusangen Temple gate
Bell pagoda at Sanjusangen Temple
Bell pagoda at Sanjusangen Temple
Bell pagoda at Sanjusangen Temple
Bell pagoda at Sanjusangen Temple
Sanjusangen Temple
Sanjusangen Temple
Sanjusangen Temple
Sanjusangen Temple
View over the Sanjusangen Temple pond
View over the Sanjusangen Temple pond
View over the Sanjusangen Temple pond
View over the Sanjusangen Temple pond
Sculpture at Kiyomizu-dera
Sculpture at Kiyomizu-dera
Buildings at Kiyomizu-dera
Buildings at Kiyomizu-dera
Buildings at Kiyomizu-dera
Buildings at Kiyomizu-dera
Entrace to main temple area of Kiyomizu-dera
Entrace to main temple area of Kiyomizu-dera
Entrace to main temple area of Kiyomizu-dera
Entrace to main temple area of Kiyomizu-dera
Protector at Kiyomizu-dera
Protector at Kiyomizu-dera
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
In the grounds of the Kiyomizu-dera temple
In the grounds of the Kiyomizu-dera temple
People worshiop at various shrines in the Kiyomizu-dera temple
People worshiop at various shrines in the Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Part of a shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Part of a shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Lantern at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Lantern at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Sculpture at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Sculpture at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Lanterns at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Lanterns at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Shrine at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Path into the gardens of Kiyomizu-dera temple
Path into the gardens of Kiyomizu-dera temple
View in the gardens of Kiyomizu-dera temple
View in the gardens of Kiyomizu-dera temple
Children queue for washing
Children queue for washing
Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Gate at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Gate at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Steps outside Kiyomizu-dera temple
Steps outside Kiyomizu-dera temple
Front of Kiyomizu-dera temple
Front of Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple gate
Kiyomizu-dera temple gate
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple bell pagoda
Kiyomizu-dera temple bell pagoda
Front of Kiyomizu-dera temple
Front of Kiyomizu-dera temple
Kiyomizu-dera temple gate
Kiyomizu-dera temple gate
Kiyomizu-dera temple bell pagoda
Kiyomizu-dera temple bell pagoda
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
View from Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Building at Kiyomizu-dera temple
Small temple spotted while walking around Kyoto
Small temple spotted while walking around Kyoto
Unknown, but large pagoda
Unknown, but large pagoda
Unknown, but large pagoda
Unknown, but large pagoda
Unknown, but large pagoda
Unknown, but large pagoda
Ryozen Kannon Statue
Ryozen Kannon Statue
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Shrine at the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Shrine at the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Ryozen Kannon Statue
Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
Room inside the Ryozen Kannon Statue
In the Ryozen Kannon Statue grounds
In the Ryozen Kannon Statue grounds
Ryozen Kannon Statue
Ryozen Kannon Statue
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Ryozen Kannon Statue and shrine
Kodaiji Temple
Kodaiji Temple
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine gate
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine gate
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Lanterns at the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Lanterns at the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Looking through a gate to the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Looking through a gate to the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine gate
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine gate
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine gate
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine gate
In the grounds of the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
In the grounds of the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
In the grounds of the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
In the grounds of the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
In the grounds of the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
In the grounds of the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine
Gate to Chion-in Temple
Gate to Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Incense burner at Chion-in Temple
Incense burner at Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Graveyard at Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park
Weeping cherry tree in Maruyama Park
Weeping cherry tree in Maruyama Park
Gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Another gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Another gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fox sculpture at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fox sculpture at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine gate
Fushimi-Inari shrine gate
At the Fushimi-Inari shrine
At the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Writing on torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Writing on torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine building
Fushimi-Inari shrine building
Woman washes at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Woman washes at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Pond in the grounds of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Pond in the grounds of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
View from Fushimi-Inari shrine
View from Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Gate leading to a shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Gate leading to a shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
In the grounds of Fushimi-Inari shrine
In the grounds of Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Small torii and foxes at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Torii at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Shrine at Fushimi-Inari
View from Fushimi-Inari shrine
View from Fushimi-Inari shrine
View from Fushimi-Inari shrine
View from Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fox statue at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fox statue at Fushimi-Inari shrine
Inside a shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Inside a shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Inside a shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Inside a shrine at Fushimi-Inari
Statue at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Statue at the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Fushimi-Inari shrine
Gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Gate of the Fushimi-Inari shrine
Inside Kyoto railway station
Inside Kyoto railway station
Moat around Nijo Castle
Moat around Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings and pond
Nijo Castle buildings and pond
Nijo Castle buildings and pond
Nijo Castle buildings and pond
Nijo Castle gate
Nijo Castle gate
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
View over some of the Nijo Castle grounds
View over some of the Nijo Castle grounds
View over some of the Nijo Castle grounds
View over some of the Nijo Castle grounds
Moat at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Bridge over a moat at Nijo Castle
Bridge over a moat at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Building at Nijo Castle
Building at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Moat at Nijo Castle
Tea house in the grounds of Nijo Castle
Tea house in the grounds of Nijo Castle
Tea house in the grounds of Nijo Castle
Tea house in the grounds of Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle buildings
Nijo Castle gate
Nijo Castle gate
Moat around Nijo Castle
Moat around Nijo Castle

Kyoto Railway Museum

I like trains, so I couldn't resist a visit to this railway museum, near the center of Kyoto.

Inside an old railway carriage
Inside an old railway carriage
Turntable and engine sheds
Turntable and engine sheds
Old steam locomotive, after hauling a special nostalgia train
Old steam locomotive, after hauling a special nostalgia train
Old steam locomotive, after hauling a special nostalgia train
Old steam locomotive, after hauling a special nostalgia train
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Locomotive at the museum
Locomotive at the museum
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Locomotive at the museum
Locomotive at the museum
Locomotive at the museum
Locomotive at the museum
Inside the cabin
Inside the cabin
Inside the cabin
Inside the cabin
Locomotive at the museum
Locomotive at the museum
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Old steam locomotive on the turntable
Locomotive at the museum
Locomotive at the museum
Two locomotives in the engine shed
Two locomotives in the engine shed
Looking over locomotives in the engine shed
Looking over locomotives in the engine shed
Inside the cabin
Inside the cabin
Close up of number plates
Close up of number plates
Close up of number plates
Close up of number plates
Decoration and number plates
Decoration and number plates
Logo close-up
Logo close-up
Tool for track maintenance
Tool for track maintenance
The outside of the museum
The outside of the museum

Osaka

I'd planned to day-trip to Osaka from Kyoto, but I ended up feeling that the things Kyoto had to offer were of more interest to me, so in the end I evening-tripped instead. I'd heard a certain tower offered good night views, but when I got there I couldn't find any signs of it being open, and the leaflets were vague about when it might be open too, so instead I headed for the bay area and took a ride in the world's largest ferris wheel. The views were indeed impressive, though a moving wheel plus night time photography (where you have to keep the camera very still!) didn't go together so well! After that, I headed for the center, which was a really lively spot, with no shortage of bright lights. I enjoyed the spectacle and the hustle and bustle of it for a while, before heading back to Kyoto.

Umeda Sky Building at sunset
Umeda Sky Building at sunset
Umeda Sky Building at sunset
Umeda Sky Building at sunset
Umeda Sky Building
Umeda Sky Building
View from Umeda Sky Building
View from Umeda Sky Building
View from Umeda Sky Building
View from Umeda Sky Building
View from Umeda Sky Building
View from Umeda Sky Building
Umeda Sky Building
Umeda Sky Building
Giant Ferris Wheel - apparently, the world's largest
Giant Ferris Wheel - apparently, the world's largest
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
View from Giant Ferris Wheel
Giant Ferris Wheel
Giant Ferris Wheel
Outside the aquarium
Outside the aquarium
View of the bay area at night
View of the bay area at night
Giant Ferris Wheel
Giant Ferris Wheel
The Dotonbori Canal by night
The Dotonbori Canal by night
Huge lanterns in Minami area
Huge lanterns in Minami area
The Dotonbori Canal by night
The Dotonbori Canal by night
Bright lights of the Minami area
Bright lights of the Minami area
The Dotonbori Canal by night
The Dotonbori Canal by night
The Dotonbori Canal by night
The Dotonbori Canal by night
Bright lights of the Minami area
Bright lights of the Minami area
Bright lights of the Minami area
Bright lights of the Minami area
A street in the Minami area
A street in the Minami area
A street in the Minami area
A street in the Minami area
Building on the side of the The Dotonbori Canal
Building on the side of the The Dotonbori Canal
A street in the Minami area
A street in the Minami area

Nara

While Nara didn't have so many stunning sights as Kyoto, it made it up by being just more consistently a nice place. In fact, I spent my first couple of hours there wandering around some parks, taking in the odd interesting bit of architecture and feeding the deer that are wandering all over that area of the city. Nara was - probably as a result of it being a much more minor city - a place to slow down and relax, which made me somewhat sad I'd only decided to have one night there. My wallet was happy though, since Nara also had the most expensive hotel I stayed in during my entire trip - but it was SO worth it (the service was truly amazing and very traditional Japanese style, and there was an open-air onsen on the roof with views to the city's main landmark, the five story pagoda...I think this one goes on my list of my favorite hotels anywhere ever).

Nara deer
Nara deer
Nara deer
Nara deer
Nara deer
Nara deer
Deer food seller surprisingly popular with deer
Deer food seller surprisingly popular with deer
A deer warning road sign
A deer warning road sign
Sheesh, last time I saw Sonic was when I was 10...
Sheesh, last time I saw Sonic was when I was 10...
New wing of the Nara National Museum
New wing of the Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Kofuku East Temple
Kofuku East Temple
Kofuku East Temple and Five Story Pagoda
Kofuku East Temple and Five Story Pagoda
My lovely ryokan room
My lovely ryokan room
Five Story Pagoda seen from my room
Five Story Pagoda seen from my room
Nara shopping areas by night
Nara shopping areas by night
Lots of balloons outside a gaming arcade
Lots of balloons outside a gaming arcade
Five Story Pagoda by night
Five Story Pagoda by night
Kofuku East Temple by night
Kofuku East Temple by night
View from my ryokan room
View from my ryokan room
Five Story Pagoda
Five Story Pagoda
Building near Kofuku Temple
Building near Kofuku Temple
Kofuku East Temple
Kofuku East Temple
Kofuku Temple
Kofuku Temple
East Temple and Five Story Pagoda
East Temple and Five Story Pagoda
Building near Kofuku Temple
Building near Kofuku Temple
Building near Kofuku Temple
Building near Kofuku Temple
Wooden writings at Kofuku Temple
Wooden writings at Kofuku Temple
Kofuku East Temple
Kofuku East Temple
Sarusawa Pond
Sarusawa Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Bridge to Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Bridge to Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Ukimido on Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Sagi-ike Pond
Deer
Deer
Deer
Deer

Todai Temple gate
Todai Temple gate
Deer on the approach to Todai Temple
Deer on the approach to Todai Temple
Todai Temple seen accross the pond
Todai Temple seen accross the pond
Todai Temple seen accross the pond
Todai Temple seen accross the pond
Todai Temple seen accross the pond
Todai Temple seen accross the pond
Todai Temple gate
Todai Temple gate
Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Protector at Todai Temple
Protector at Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Incense burner outside Todai Temple
Incense burner outside Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Sculpture inside of Todai Temple
Sculpture inside of Todai Temple
Garen behind Todai Temple
Garen behind Todai Temple
Sculptures inside of Todai Temple
Sculptures inside of Todai Temple
Sculpture inside of Todai Temple
Sculpture inside of Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Buddha in Todai Temple
Sculpture outside of Todai Temple
Sculpture outside of Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Todai Temple
Five Story Pagoda
Five Story Pagoda

Hiroshima

Despite its legacy of being the first city to have the atomic bomb used against it, today's Hiroshima struck me as a rather pleasant place. Of course, the atomic bomb dome still stands as a memory of the horror that visited this city, along with a pleasant, but by reason of its existence very sad, peace memorial park. I spent some time capturing the a-bomb dome in various types of light (evening, night, day). Away from all of that, I visited the re-constructed city castle (the original wasn't in a great state before the a-bomb, but what was left was destroyed after it). Even though it's a reconstruction, it was nice to look at, and held an interesting museum.

Looking along the Motoyasu-gawa
Looking along the Motoyasu-gawa
Biuildings along the Motoyasu-gawa
Biuildings along the Motoyasu-gawa
Biuildings along the Motoyasu-gawa
Biuildings along the Motoyasu-gawa
Fountain outside the peace memorial park in the evening
Fountain outside the peace memorial park in the evening
Fountain outside the peace memorial park in the evening
Fountain outside the peace memorial park in the evening
Peace monument
Peace monument
Peace monument
Peace monument
Reflection of the a-bomb building in the river
Reflection of the a-bomb building in the river
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building and other newer buildings near to it
The a-bomb building and other newer buildings near to it
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
Statues by the river
Statues by the river
Statue by the river
Statue by the river
Re-built bridge that was the target of the a-bomb (actually, the original survived the bombing, and lasted another 30 years)
Re-built bridge that was the target of the a-bomb (actually, the original survived the bombing, and lasted another 30 years)
A-bomb building up close
A-bomb building up close
A-bomb dome up close
A-bomb dome up close
A-bomb building up close
A-bomb building up close
A-bomb dome as the night sets in
A-bomb dome as the night sets in
A-bomb building as the sun sets
A-bomb building as the sun sets
A-bomb building as the sun sets
A-bomb building as the sun sets
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
A-bomb building lit up at night
The Motoyasu-gawa looking towards the a-bomb building by night
The Motoyasu-gawa looking towards the a-bomb building by night
Motoyasu-gawa in the other direction by night
Motoyasu-gawa in the other direction by night
Hotel cat provided cuteness for all guests
Hotel cat provided cuteness for all guests
Along the Motoyasu-gawa
Along the Motoyasu-gawa
The peace museum
The peace museum
The peace museum
The peace museum
Statue outside the peace memorial park
Statue outside the peace memorial park
Fountain outside the peace memorial park
Fountain outside the peace memorial park
Fountain outside the peace memorial park by
Fountain outside the peace memorial park by
Approach to the peace momument
Approach to the peace momument
Pepole at the Peace memorial park
Pepole at the Peace memorial park
Peace memorial park monument
Peace memorial park monument
Peace memorial park monument
Peace memorial park monument
Peace memorial park monument
Peace memorial park monument
Flame that will not be extinguished until all nuclear weapons are destroyed
Flame that will not be extinguished until all nuclear weapons are destroyed
In the peace park
In the peace park
In the peace park
In the peace park
Statue in the peace park
Statue in the peace park
Peace memorial hall walkway
Peace memorial hall walkway
Main room of the peace memorial hall
Main room of the peace memorial hall
Mosaic of city after the a-bom struck, made of hundreds of thousands of tiles representing those who died
Mosaic of city after the a-bom struck, made of hundreds of thousands of tiles representing those who died
Main room of the peace memorial hall
Main room of the peace memorial hall
Main room of the peace memorial hall
Main room of the peace memorial hall
Screens that change over time, showing some of those killed by the a-bomb
Screens that change over time, showing some of those killed by the a-bomb
Fountain remembering the victim's cries for water
Fountain remembering the victim's cries for water
Monument representing the time of the bombing
Monument representing the time of the bombing
Monument representing the time of the bombing
Monument representing the time of the bombing
Along the Motoyasu-gawa
Along the Motoyasu-gawa
The a-bom building
The a-bom building
Children's peace monument
Children's peace monument
Children's peace monument
Children's peace monument
Some of the thousands of paper cranes folded, inspired by a young girl who got Lukemia thanks to the a-bomb
Some of the thousands of paper cranes folded, inspired by a young girl who got Lukemia thanks to the a-bomb
Boat on the Motoyasu-gawa passes the a-bomb building
Boat on the Motoyasu-gawa passes the a-bomb building
Statue near the a-bomb building
Statue near the a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
The a-bomb building
One of the many Hiroshima trams
One of the many Hiroshima trams
Buildings near the old baseball stadium
Buildings near the old baseball stadium
Statue in Chuo park
Statue in Chuo park
Statue in Chuo park
Statue in Chuo park
Horoshima-jo seen over the moat
Horoshima-jo seen over the moat
Horoshima-jo seen over the moat
Horoshima-jo seen over the moat
Horoshima-jo seen over the moat
Horoshima-jo seen over the moat
Statue and garden in front of Hiroshima-jo
Statue and garden in front of Hiroshima-jo
Statue and garden in front of Hiroshima-jo
Statue and garden in front of Hiroshima-jo
Moat bridge
Moat bridge
Moat bridge
Moat bridge
Castle walls reflected in the moat
Castle walls reflected in the moat
Castle walls reflected in the moat
Castle walls reflected in the moat
Moat bridge
Moat bridge
Gokoku Shrine
Gokoku Shrine
Monument at Gokoku Shrine
Monument at Gokoku Shrine
Gokoku Shrine
Gokoku Shrine
Statue at Gokoku Shrine
Statue at Gokoku Shrine
Gokoku Shrine
Gokoku Shrine
Foundations of what was once a historial military office; the a-bomb destroyed it
Foundations of what was once a historial military office; the a-bomb destroyed it
Hiroshima-jo (destroyed by a-bomb and re-built)
Hiroshima-jo (destroyed by a-bomb and re-built)
Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
View from Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
Hiroshima-jo
Gate to Gokoku Shrine
Gate to Gokoku Shrine
Hiroshima-jo moat
Hiroshima-jo moat

Fukuoka

The weather took a turn for the worse towards the end of my time in Japan, which meant I only got to see this city without cloud and rain for a few hours on my final afternoon there. All was most certainly not lost, though: I spent much of my rainy first day in this city inside its excellent Asian Art museum, which was home to a lot of really good modern art created in Asia. I also enjoyed slurping some very tasty ramen, which the city is known for, and for good reason - they were delicious (and, unusually, a great place to go and eat alone - everyone sits in their own little booth and fills out a form specifying the exact details of how they'd like their ramen!).

Buildings in central Fukuoka
Buildings in central Fukuoka
Western-style building in central Fukuoka
Western-style building in central Fukuoka
Non-functioning fountain in a small park
Non-functioning fountain in a small park
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Western style building lit up at night
Western style building lit up at night
One of the many outdoor ramen stands
One of the many outdoor ramen stands
Fukuoka port
Fukuoka port
Fukuoka international ferry terminal
Fukuoka international ferry terminal
Fukuoka international ferry terminal
Fukuoka international ferry terminal
Fukuoka Port Tower
Fukuoka Port Tower
River running through western Fukuoka
River running through western Fukuoka
Marina with ferris wheel in the distance
Marina with ferris wheel in the distance
Marina with ferris wheel in the distance
Marina with ferris wheel in the distance
Marina
Marina
One of the islands off the coast of Fukuoka
One of the islands off the coast of Fukuoka
Islands off the coast of Fukuoka
Islands off the coast of Fukuoka
Looking out over the bay
Looking out over the bay
Looking out over the bay
Looking out over the bay
Island off the coast of Fukuoka
Island off the coast of Fukuoka
Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina
Marina and ferris wheel
Marina and ferris wheel
Marina
Marina
Marina and ferris wheels
Marina and ferris wheels
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night
Naka River by night

Nagasaki

Nagasaki struck me as a beautiful city with a very gray moment in its history - the day the second and last atomic bomb to be used in warfare to this date was dropped on it. It was also a very gray day that I visited - between arriving and leaving, the best weather I experienced was light rain (the rest of the time it was rather heavier rain). Thus I spent much of it inside the touching atomic bomb museum, which brought me close to tears with the true stories of destruction - not only of property but more importantly of lives. Of course, many were killed, but for many who survived the initial blast - for hours, days, weeks, months or years - it was often a grisly survival that for many must have felt like a kind of living hell. Nagasaki has risen today from the ashes, and while the weather wasn't such in this trip that I could really enjoy the risen Nagasaki to the full, I certainly hope to have an opportunity for that in the future.

Marker at the point above which the a-bomb exploded
Marker at the point above which the a-bomb exploded
Marker at the point above which the a-bomb exploded
Marker at the point above which the a-bomb exploded
Paper cranes in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Paper cranes in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Section of the destroyed Urakami Cathedral
Section of the destroyed Urakami Cathedral
Section of the destroyed Urakami Cathedral
Section of the destroyed Urakami Cathedral
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Inside the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
These books contain the names of all known victims
These books contain the names of all known victims
Outside of the Peace Memorial Hall
Outside of the Peace Memorial Hall
Outside of the Peace Memorial Hall
Outside of the Peace Memorial Hall
Statue near the Atomic Bomb Museum
Statue near the Atomic Bomb Museum
Atomic Bomb Museum
Atomic Bomb Museum
Atomic Bomb Museum
Atomic Bomb Museum
View over Nagasaki
View over Nagasaki
View over Nagasaki
View over Nagasaki
Children's Memorial
Children's Memorial
Memorial near the Atomic Bomb Museum
Memorial near the Atomic Bomb Museum
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Statue in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Gravestone in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Gravestone in the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Fountain in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Fountain in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Sculptures in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Sculptures in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Sculpture in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Sculpture in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Sculpture in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Sculpture in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Memorial in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Memorial in the Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Random, colorful building spotted near
Random, colorful building spotted near

Leaving Japan By Sea

I left Japan at a much more leisurely pace, heading over the sea on a boat to South Korea. Here are a few photos from the window of the Beetle as I left Fukuoka - and Japan - behind.

Looking back on Fukuoka Port
Looking back on Fukuoka Port
Looking back on Fukuoka Port
Looking back on Fukuoka Port
Looking back on Fukuoka Port
Looking back on Fukuoka Port
A small island
A small island
One of the larger islands near Fukuoka
One of the larger islands near Fukuoka
One of the larger islands near Fukuoka
One of the larger islands near Fukuoka
One of the larger islands near Fukuoka
One of the larger islands near Fukuoka

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