Autumn Colours at the Togetsukyo
A big hello to the people I met outside the Kyoto Tower today. Thank you for visiting, please check back regularly for more Kyoto travel tips and photos.
The Togetsukyo (meaning "Moon Crossing Bridge) is a famous bridge in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto city. The Arashiyama area is a pretty well preserved traditional area near the mountains in Kyoto. There are some modern buildings there, but no big chains like McDonald's or Starbucks are allowed there. The further you get away from the train stations (especially the North Western part) the more traditional and rural it gets. There are a number of famous Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, a Samurai actor's mountain villa, and many shops selling traditional food and handicrafts to explore.
During certain times like the Autumn colour change season (Koyo), in the Spring when the Sakura (Cherry Trees) are blossoming, and during the Arashiyama Hanatouro (a special light up of the bamboo forrest, Shrines and Temples in December) there can be huge crowds at Arashiyama. Other times of the year, especially in winter the place can be pretty quiet. I find that if I go there early in the morning before the shops open at 10am, I avoid the crowds at most times of the year.
There are three train stations in Arashiyama serving three different rail companies. There's the Hankyu Arashiyama Station about 500m to the South East of the Togetsukyo. There's the Keifuku (aka Randen) Arashiyama Station which is 250m to the North of the Togetsukyo. Then there's the JR Saga-Arashiyama Station about 900m to the North East of the Togetsukyo.
This photo was taken during the Koyo in 2010, the tree on the right this year still isn't as yellow (we've had a warmer autumn). This type of shot can only be made early in the morning on a fine day, later in the morning the tree and the mountains will not be in the sunlight. For this photo I used a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 50f/1.8D lens with a circular polarising filter. This photo is exactly how it came out of the camera, no post processing has been done to it.