The Steps of Kyoto Station
One of the early entries to this BLOG was titled "The Station that's a Destination". In that BLOG I talked about the various attractions at Kyoto Station. On the Western side of the station there is vast stairway which doubles as seating. From there you can watch events on the stage below at certain times of the year, sit for a meal or just take in the view of the amazing station architecture. Along the steps their are led lights which can change colour and display things. During the festive season these stairs are good location to get photos of the station's huge Christmas tree.
On this occasion I was at the station taking photos and an event was going be held later in that evening. There were welcome messages in various languages on the steps. You might be able to make out the German one at the top.
Kyoto Station is two subway stops south of the downtown area on the Kyoto Municipal Subway's Karasuma line. Kyoto station is the main terminal for JR trains in Kyoto Prefecture and the Shinkansen (Super Express, aka "Bullet Train"). There's also a large station for the Kintentsu railway in the same building, which is convenient to get to Kyoto's southern suburbs, Nara prefecture and Mie prefecture.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 24f/2.8D lens. It was captured in RAW (.NEF format) and converted to JPEG in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustment to the image: Default camera and lens corrections applied; Slight DxO Smart Lighting applied; DxO ClearView applied at default setting; Contrast and Microcontrast increased; Vibrancy increased; Highlights reduced slightly; and PRIME noise reduction applied at default setting.