The Little Drinks Shop
Along the Hozugawa (Hozu river) in Arashiyama, there's a very traditional looking store selling very modern canned and bottled drinks. It's kind of a summary of Kyoto, because it's a place where ancient and modern blend together. Although some would say the modernity has gone too far in a lot of parts of Kyoto, but I do like the look of this little drink store. But, actually they sell more than just drinks, also some traditional quick to prepare food.
As you may have guessed (if you've read some of my past posts) I also like Arashiyama a lot. It's a place that I keep going back to, cause it's out of town enough for a bit of peace and quiet, and it's big enough to keep me exploring. There are no Starbucks or McDonnald's in Arashiyama either, and I like it that way. However there are plenty of locally owned restaurants, and I'm still far from trying them all after all this time. So there's plenty there to keep me going back.
Access to Arashiyama: There are three railway lines going to Arashiyama the Hankyu Arashiyama Line, the Keifuku Arashiyama Line and the JR Sagano Line. The Hankyu Arashiyama Line is a good choice if your staying in South Western Kyoto Prefecture (like me) or for day tripping from Osaka or Kobe. The Keifuku Arashiyama Line is a very fun, but slow way to get there in it's light rail cars departing from Shijo-Omiya station in downtown Kyoto. If you're staying near Kyoto Station or Transferring from other parts of Japan via the Shinkansen or other long distance trains then the JR Sagano Line is the best option.
The image I'm sharing today was shot on Fujichrome Velvia 50 film with a Nikon F80 and a Nikon AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens.