Sakura Light Up
When the Sakura are in bloom, many temples, shrines and even some castles have special light ups. This photo is from one that I went to on the first Sakura season after my move to Kyoto. This light up was at Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine, in Nagaokakyo city, in Kyoto Prefecture. It's not too far from downtown Kyoto city (15mins by regular train). While not as famous as some of the light ups in Kyoto city, there were still plenty of people in attendance.
As you may have guess I have a particular fondness for this spot, as its expansive gardens always seem to have something in flower at almost any time of the year. The one flower that draws the biggest crowds to Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine is the Kirishima Azalea which blooms towards the end of April. There is a rather large hedge of this flower at this Shrine which is a national treasure. I'm planning to write a blog about it later this month.
Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine is about a 5 minute walk west of Nagaoka Tenjin Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. If you're one who insist on always using JR trains, then the nearest JR Station is Nagaokakyo, but from there you'll need to catch a bus or a taxi.
While you're at the shrine, check out the Turkish Cafe (website in Japanese) and Turkish Goods Shop (website in Japanese) that are in the grounds. Tell them that James sent you.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D80 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens mounted on a tripod. This photo has been post processed in iPhoto. The shadows were brightened, the highlights darkened and the definition increased. It was also cropped.