Torii at Sho-ren-in
A big hello to people coming here for the first time today after receiving one of my photo cards outside of the Kyoto Tower. I hope you're enjoying your stay in Kyoto and that this site can be of some help in making your time here even better. Letting you know that the Higashiyama Hanatouro is on at the moment, every evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto city. The last night is Sunday March 23rd, make sure you don't miss it.
This is my 5th year of going to the Higashiyama Hanatouro (I first went in March 2010), and I still find somethings that surprise me. For some reason over every time I been, I've either started at Kiyomizu-dera and finished at Yasaka-jinja or the other way around. Actually, last year I went to Maruyama Park which is adjacent to the Northern side of Yasaka-jinja, but I had not gone any further North than that. This time, I started at Higashiyama station which is on the subway Tozai line, and near the most northern end of the Hanatouro course and walked south to Yasaka-jinja.
It was my intention to visit Chion-in, but before I got there Sho-ren-in got my attention, because I found that the tree that I took a photo of in 2007, was just outside of it. I spent more than an hour taking photos at Sho-ren-in, there was so much to see. It was there that I found this Torii (Shinto Shrine gate) in a lit up bamboo forest. There are two interesting things about this: Sho-ren-in is a Buddhist Temple, but there is a Shinto Shrine in part of it; also a lit up Bamboo forest is something I associate with the Arashiyama Hanatouro (which happens in a different part of Kyoto in December), rather than with the Higashiyama Hanatouro.
The entry fee to Sho-ren-in, is 800yen. At first this was a bit of a shock, because I only budgeted in paying a total of 1000yen for entry fees that evening. However, after I left there, I thought it was money well spent, it's a huge and truly beautiful place with many diverse lit up scenes. With only 200yen left in my entry fee budget and not so much time remaining until 9:00pm, I decided just to photo things I could see on the streets of Northern Higashiyama for the rest of the evening.
Sho-ren-in is about a 5min walk from Higashiyama Subway Station on the Kyoto Subway's Tozai line. It probably is very pretty by day too, but I haven't yet been inside the grounds during the day.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera on a small tripod I this photo was captured in RAW (.NRW) format and converted to JPEG in iPhoto with adjustments to bring out more details in the shadows and improve the sharpness.