Beautiful fall colors in the background. Cool in the evenings and morning but quite pleasant during the day.
Measures taken to keep everything in place. Japan does this a lot as much of the landscape is quite challenging to build on - and I think they like the challenge of doing so resulting in some pretty neat constructs.
All wood temple. Up until the 1800's, Japan used much of its forests building material. At some point, the Emperor or his advisors realized that they were involved in some serious deforesting so a ban was made on the lumber industry except for a few forests that are still allowed to produce lumber. Most of these remaining few are privately owned and very strictly managed. This is good as it makes for a very green Japan once one is out of the cities BUT it also means that Japan has had to go elsewhere to get timber products and some of these elsewhere's have been somewhat controversial.
The main temple in whatever complex this was part of. It was a massive wooden structure built into a cascading hillside.
Ada demonstrating the proper "posu" technique.
My artsy impressionist photo.
Something that a lot of people were waiting in line to do that did not seem all that appealing so we did not partake.
Foundation of the main temple building built into the hillside.
Girls doing one of their go to poses whenever around water - one of my favorites.
Kimono shop and kimonoed ladies walking down a narrow alley way. Lots of you ladies do dress up in kimonos for their visit to parts of Kyoto - mainly just for fun and cool photo opps.
Stairway cascading down into old Kyoto.