Irises at Heian-jingu
From late May to early June the Irises bloom in the gardens of Heian-jingu (Heian Shrine). The expansive gardens at Heian-jingu are worth visiting anytime of the year, but there are two times in the year when they are extra special: in early April for the Weeping Cherries (Shidarezakura) and now when the Irises are in bloom.
Heian-jingu was built in 1895 to celebrate 1100 years since Kyoto became the capital of Japan. The shrine's design is based on the first palace that was built in Kyoto (which no longer stands). That palace in turn was design based on Chinese Tang Dynasty palaces, so this Shinto shrine has a rather Chinese look to it.
Heian-jingu also has the largest Torii (shrine gate) in Kyoto. This gate is situated across the road leading up to the shrine which it makes it easy to find the shrine. Entry to the shrine grounds is free, but you have to pay to enter the gardens.
Heian-jingu is a about a 1.0km walk to the north from Higashiyama Station on the Subway Tozai line. Another option is about a 1.5km walk to the east from Keihan's Jingumarutamachi Station. If you can't walk so far, then you could get a bus northward on Jingu-michi from near Higashiyama station or you could catch a bus eastwards on Maruta-machi Dori from near Jingumarutamachi Station. If you've got time it's worth walking from either of the stations as there are many interesting things to see on the way.
This photo features in the June 2016 edition of my promotional photo prints, which I'll be handing out to visitors to Kyoto over the next week or so. It was captured on Fujicolor Superia Premium 400 film with a Nikon F80 camera and an AF-Nikkor 50f/1.8D lens with circular polarising filter. The film processing shop scanned the negative for me. I then made some adjustments to the scan in DxO Optics Pro to produce the image you see here. I also took notes of all the exif data when I shot this photo which I've added image. I don't shoot much film these days, but when I do always ask them to scan the film (negatives or reversals) for me. They normally do a better job it than what I can do myself, plus it saves me a lot of time.