Plum Blossom in Arashiyama
The Plums (Japanese "Ume") are now blossoming in Kyoto. The other day I went for a bit of a hike in the Arashiyama area and noticed a Plum Tree by the river. I also noticed that tour boats were going up and down the river. So, then I just waited for the boat to move into the right spot. Now I have Plum Blossom version to go with my autumn Japanese Maple leaves version and my Cherry Blossom version.
With the Plums in bloom the weather is noticeably a bit warmer and there are a lot spots in Kyoto where you can enjoy viewing the Plums, including Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (and any other Tenmangu Shrine), Kiyomizu-dera (Kiyomizu Temple), a little grove on Sannen-Zaka and of course in Arashiyama. The Higashiyama Hanatouro is starting earlier than usual this year, the first night will be this Friday (March 3rd), so you'll get the chance to enjoy both the lights and plums at the same time. Definitely a good time to be in Kyoto at the moment and little bit quieter before it gets really crowded for the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) season!
Arashiyama is an area in the north of Kyoto city, it's a lovely place to look around at the traditional shops, restaurants, houses, temples, shrines, rural areas, plus the river and the mountains. There are three railway stations in Arashiyama. The Hankyu Railway's Arashiyama station, probably the best option coming from Osaka, Kobe or the western suburbs of Kyoto. The Keifuku Railway's (aka "Randen") Arashiyama station which is a good option from the downtown area or Kyoto's northern suburbs. Japan Rail's Saga-Arashiyama which is a good option from the Kyoto station area or transferring from any other JR trains at Kyoto station, plus the Shinkansen, the Kyoto Municipal Subway and Kintentsu Railway, transfer to the JR Sagano line at Kyoto Station.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera. It was captured as a RAW (.NRW) and post processed with DxO Optics Pro 11. I made the following adjustments:- Default camera corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting applied (%25); DxO ClearView applied (50%); Midtones -10%; Contrast +50%; Microcontrast +25%; Vibrancy +25%; Saturation +15%; PRIME Noise Reduction applied; and Cropped to 2:3 ratio.