Kyoto, Uji and Nara

Adventures in Kyoto, Uji and Nara

After much delay I’m finally done with editing the images from my time in Kyoto.

Now despite having 52 images to post there was obviously a lot more, but I tried to narrow it down to what I would consider the better images. My impressions of the 3 places would come down to this.


I would say my feelings about Kyoto are mixed. While I was there I didn’t enjoy it as much as Tokyo or Osaka purely due to the transport which I found to be a lot more limited/difficult. This is obviously understandable considering the difference in population, but at the time I was more annoyed.

In terms of the actual locations I visited in Kyoto, I quite enjoyed it. I really like how the canal runs along a lot of the city and people just relax around there, it’s a really nice atmosphere. There was some nice food places to eat, sadly no Gyukatsu Motomura though so had to take a few days break from that.

I got quite a few great shots in Kyoto, especially at the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove was a lot smaller than what I realized, photos I had seen of it made me think it was in a more isolated area and not so central. We also did a tea ceremony here which you can see in some images. I can see myself going back to Kyoto again as there was a few spots I didn’t get to visit.


Now this is a location I actually didn’t plan on visiting but my wife wanted to stop here on the way to Nara due to all the matcha related stuff they had there.

We mainly just walked down this road and had some food/dessert as we looked around. Despite being there for a such a short time, I still got a few shots I was quite happy with like the candid shot of the two women walking. I’m sure there was more to see, but it was the middle of the day and REALLY sunny so we didn’t take any more landscape/scenery type shots.


When we initially planned to go Japan, Nara was one of the locations I wanted to visit mainly due to the deer.

They were pretty much everywhere and compared to deer I seen in New Zealand, these ones seemed so calm and lazy. If they knew you didn’t have food, they wouldn’t want to even come near you so it was always a matter of making them think you have food.

My wife got to see the Mochi pounding which I sadly didn’t get any decent shots of due to only having an 85mm on me. Regardless the 85mm suited a lot of what I was shooting while there so I didn’t really miss anything by not having something wider.

The Images

Below are all the images I took in a nice gallery for your enjoyment.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

November 20, 2023 at 1:10 am

Many nice photos! Tea ceremony is quite interesting! Something pre-planned before traveling? A view from Kyoto Tower isn’t bad (I tried before). Hopefully next time!

Daniel Leereply
November 22, 2023 at 9:06 pm
– In reply to: Joey

Thanks Joey and yes we booked the tea ceremony quite far in advance! I didn’t even know about the view from Kyoto Tower so might need to give it a try next time!

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