Gion Tower by Night
Over the last five years that I've been going to the Higashiyama Hanatouro. I've tried on a number of occasions to get a good shot of Gion Tower (which is part of Daiunin Temple), but until this year I never found a good vantage point. Although the tower is lit up for the Hanatouro, the temple is closed. One option could be to go to Kodai-ji, because there is a good view of Gion Tower from one part of the Kodai-ji grounds. Kodai-ji is open for the Hanatouro, but it cost money to enter and it seems always to be very crowded during Hanatouro, so I've not bothered with that option. This year I was glad to find a good vantage points from one of the lesser traversed paths of the Hanatouro.
Gion Tower is just to south of Yasaka Shrine, which is at the eastern end of Shijo-dori (Kyoto's main street). I took this photo from the path that leads up to Otani Mausoleum. During Hanatouro the western end of of this path has lanterns made by university students, it was near those lanterns I got this photo.
This photo was taken with a Nikon P7100 camera on a tripod. The original photo was captured as a raw(.NRW) file, I used iPhoto on the Mac to edit it. I made the following adjustments: I brightened the shadows and increased the definition.