Our first destination was Kyoto – the former capital of Japan up until 1869. It was a place that I visited 9 years ago, but being at the tail-end of the tour, went by in a blur of temples. On this visit, things were taken at a much slower place.
We stayed in the old section, by the Kamo River, and had the opportunity to experience scenes from days past…
And from more modern times.
The old town had narrow streets that were intersected by picturesque canals.
Off the canals were what seemed to be hundreds of alleys full of restaurants, pubs, and entertainment venues.
And being a public holiday, everyone was in a festive mood – many dressing up…
Or even taking more traditional modes of transportation.
A fascinating mix of a city.