Kyoto's Mountain Views
Kyoto (well at least most of its metropolis) is surrounded by mountains. There are various mountains you can go up and get some amazing views of the city. Some of the mountains have cable cars or even roads that will take you all the way (or near) to the top, others require more effort to climb.
Probably the most popular mountain (and the closest to the downtown) is Higashiyama (East Mountain), there are a number of temples set upon this mountain, some of which offer great views of the city. Last month I posted this view from Kiyomizu Temple on Higashiyama.
If you're spending more than a couple of days in the city why not try going up some of the other mountains for spectacular views. Mount Hiei is Kyoto's highest it has cable cars and bus services that will take you all the way to the top. For the more adventurous Mount Atago which is almost as high as Mount Hiei, requires about a 2 hour climb on foot to get to the top.
Today's photo is from Yoshimine-dera (Buddhist Temple) built on the slopes of Nishiyama (West Mountain) is a bit further away from the centre of Kyoto and offers views of the whole Kyoto Metropolis. There's a bus that almost gets you to this temple, but you still need to climb a few stairs. See the recent entry on "Natural Light Up" for more details.
Today's photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens with a circular polarising filter. This photo is straight from the camera, it has not been post processed.