Kyoto - jamri

Koyo in Arashiyama

With Koyo (Autumn/Fall colour change season) approaching in another 3 to 4 weeks in Kyoto. I though it was time for a Koyo image to whet the appetite. Today's photo is from Arashiyama an area to the North West of Kyoto where it is possible to step back in time and see a bit more of the traditional side of Japan. However it's quite easy to get to from the cities of Kyoto and Osaka, meaning that on weekends and national holidays it can get quite crowded. I find it's best if you want to really take in the scenery without the crowds to arrive early in the morning and leave at 10am! Although if your prepared to hike a bit further from the trains stations and away from the tourist strip you can still find places of tranquility at anytime of the day.
It's possible to take a special "Romanic Train" from Torokko Saga in Arashiyama to Kameoka then take a boat down the Hozu River back to Arashiyama. It's a very popular thing to do in the Cherry Blossom and Colour Change seasons. It's also possible just to get a boat from Arashiyama and cruise up the river a little and back again. The boats from Kameoka have to be returned their by truck as it's not possible for them to head all the way back to Kameoka on the river. Most locals I've spoken to say Arashiyama is better in the Colour Change season than in the Cherry Blossom season. I would say though there are things to see there at all times of the year, so it's worth placing it high on your itinerary when you visit Kyoto.
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.
I've been to Arashiyama at all different times of the year, so I'm planning to share with you some more images of this wonderful location later on.
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.

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