High End Restaurant
Minoko is a high end traditional restaurant in Higashiyama, Kyoto not far from the South Exit of Yasaka-jinja (Yasaka Shrine). This is a "kaiseki" restaurant, that serves traditional Kyoto style banquet meals, each dish is a work of art. This restaurant also has very attractive Japanese style rooms surrounding an internal garden. Minokou is a pretty famous place, some of my friends even recognised it when I showed them this photo.
I took this photo during lasts year's Higashiyama Hanatouro. It was captured handheld at a fairly wide aperture and using High ISO. I normally prefer shooting on a tripod during the Hanatouro, but I opted to carry a bit less that time, which allowed me to see more sights in one evening. This year's Hishiyama Hanatouro runs until to tomorrow night (from 6:00pm - 9:30pm). If I get the chance to go tonight or tomorrow night I might also go handheld again, as last Saturday I lugged a heavy tripod around. There's one spot I really want to go still, that I haven't been during a Higashiyama Hanatouro, and that is Chion-in (Chion Temple), and they probably won't allow the use of tripods in there.
Minoko (美濃幸) is about 1 block south of the South Gate of Yasaka-jinja. The nearest train station is Gion-Shijo on the Keihan Railway's Main Line. Probably the easiest way to get there is to head East from the train station, enter a Yasaka-jinja through the West Gate and walk through to the South Gate. Heading south from the shrine the restaurant is about one block away on your right. It's best to make an advanced reservation.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF-Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D lens. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) file and processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default camera and lens corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting applied (25%); DxO ClearView applied (50%); Highlights -25%; Shadows +10%; Blacks +%20; Contrast +%25; Microcontrast +25%; Vibrancy +25%; and PRIME Noise Reduction Applied;