Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine
Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine is a small Shinto Shrine in the heart of Kyoto's downtown. While walking along the Shinkyogoku Arcade in the evening it is hard to miss its beautifully lit up entrance. The lantern clad gate on the eastern side of the arcade is actually the inner gate of this Shrine. The outer torii style gate spans Nishiki dori to the west between the Shinkyogoku Arcade and the Teramachi Arcade.
I took this photo on the same day as I took the photo of Yata-Dera in the previous BLOG post. I passed Nishiki Tenmangu on the way to and from Yata-Dera. On the way up to Yata-Dera Nishiki Tenmangu was pretty crowded with tourists, but on the way back when I got this shot there weren't so many people there. Since it is a Tenmangu Shrine, there will probably be some kind of plum blossoms on display there from late February to early March. I'll have to keep a look out for them at that time of the year.
Speaking of the time of the year, currently (September 17th), we are in the autumn rainy season. This is a shorter rainy season (than the one in June-July) that comes after the hottest part of summer. When this rainy season is over, we will be very much into the autumn weather. This time of year is also the time when we have the most typhoons hitting Japan, so please be aware of any coming typhoons if you're traveling around Japan at the moment. A good website on weather and other natural events in English is the one provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine is about a 5 minute walk from Hankyu's Kawamachi Station and about a 10 minute walk from Keihan's Gion-Shijo Station. Alternatively if you want to explore the Nishiki Markets first, then get off at Hankyu's Karasuma Station or the Subway's Shijo-Karasuma Station on the Karasuma Line. The start of the Nishiki Markets are about a 5min walk from those stations.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D300 camera and a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. This photo was captured as RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro, I made the following adjustments: Default camera and lens adjustments applied; DxO Smart Lighting (25%); DxO Clear View (50%); Highlights (-25%); Contrast (+25%); Microcontrast (+25%); Vibrancy (+25%); and PRIME noise reduction applied.