Kyoto Gallery / by Tyler Wood

A quiet city so trendy it's completely retro; from the sea-foam taxi's to the small-town America style diner's and all the bicycles, it felt like a time-warp. Then you turn a corner and enter Imperial Japan and cross paths with a geisha or two walking the narrow cobble-stone streets lined with secretive tearooms and expensive Japanese steakhouses. In a city with double the population of Seattle it seems much less crowded and hectic. It felt eerily like home but in another time and place. I can't wait to get back to experience more of what Japan has to offer!

Nijo Castle

Overlooking the Nijo Castle complex


Nijo Castle mote

Shrine gate


Kyoto streets at night

Steakhouse window

Along the Kamo-gawa River

Sashimi and Sapporo

Walking along the river

Big Gate near Heian-jingu Shrine

Heian-jingu Shrine

Heian-jingu pond

Lotus position

Heian Shrine Bridge

Kinkakuji Temple

Buddha at Ryoanji Temple

The dry garden

Lover's lane along the river

Fire show along the river

Gion District streets - Geisha Hunting

Gion streets

Gion streets are like movie sets

Geishas on the street. Geisha's are not as easy to find as you might hope. We were lucky to spot this group sending off the male patrons. They usually go from their homes to the teahouse in a taxi and stay there until going back home, so you have to catch them traveling between spots. They are not interested in getting their pictures taken and usually hide from prying eyes, but this group was openly standing on the street around a large group of on-lookers. 

On the street up to Kiyomizu-dera, spotted another 'geisha'. In the daytime, it's most likely a model not a geisha or maiko. 

Street leading to Kiyomizu-dera

Three-storied pagoda

Kaizan-do Hall

Sunlight bathes the city from Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Wedding reception along the Takasegawa.

Walking around the Kiyamachi street area

The waters of the Takasegawa trickle behind the restaurants and bars in the Pontocho area