Peonies at Otokuni-dera
Nestled in a suburban neighbourhood behind an elementary school is a small Buddhist temple by the name of Otokuni-dera. However despite its modest location and size, it is a temple with a long history (going back to the 9th century AD) and has treasures connected to one of Japan most famous historical figures, Prince Shotoku. Another remarkable thing about Otokuni-dera is it's vast collection of around 2000 Peony flowers which in bloom during April and May.
Otokuni-dera is located in Nagaokakyo city in Kyoto prefecture about 13km from Kyoto's downtown. To get from Nagaokakyo city from Kyoto's downtown take the Hankyu Railway's Kyoto line to Nagaoka Tenjin (about 15mins). If you're coming from the Kyoto station area catch a local JR train heading towards Osaka to Nagaokakyo (about 12mins). To get to Otokuni-dera from either of these train stations catch a number 10, 11, 20, or 22 bus and alight at the stop called "Yakushido" (which is about a 5min walk from the temple). At JR's Nagaokakyo station these buses' platforms are located the West side of the station. To transfer to a bus from Hankyu's Nagaoka Tenjin station you need to use the west exit of the station and head north to Azalea-dori then turn left and head west up the street for about a block.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens with a circular polarising filter. I made the following adjustments to it in DxO Optics Pro: Default camera and lens corrections where applied; Image was cropped a bit; DxO Smart Lighting Applied; DxO ClearView Applied (at Default); Contrast increased; Microcontrast increased; and Vibrancy increased.