Photo Feature: Kyoto Close-Ups

I love following up with guests after tours to see how they enjoyed their time in Japan. One way to do this is by exchanging Instagram info so I can see what caught their eye in Kyoto. Recently, I spent several days with a couple form Australia who had a knack for finding interesting close-up shots.

The following are all pictures from their Instagram feed. They captured a side of Kyoto that I try to point out on my tours. Not only off the beaten path locations, but little details all over the city that most people just walk past.

Some of these pics were taken on our Arashiyama Backroads Tour, while other shots are from the Kyoto Highlights Tour. Follow KyoTours Japan on Instagram to see more pictures from our tours.



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Small shrine off the main path at Fushimi Inari.


A tourist snapping this sort of close-up of a maiko (a geisha in training) is exceptionally rare.


Smiling statue of Jizo, a Buddhist guardian deity.


Incredibly vibrant decoration on the pagoda at Kiyomizudera Temple


Geta sandals in Arashiyama.


A flourish of squid sashimi on a hand painted bowl.


Not sure where this was taken. Ryoanji garden? Heian Jingu shrine? Does it really matter?


Architectural detail. Interlocking woodworking with no metal nails.


End of a rope connected to a temple bell. Ring it to wake the gods.


Fresh Japanese maple leaves against a traditional thatched roof.


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