Some of my favourite shots taken off the cherry blossoms to share with you all…
Walking uphill towards Koyomizu Temple – one of the world heritage listed temples – look at the throngs we had to get through!
Kiyomizu Temple from the perspective at the peak of their gardens
Along Path of Philosophy today, sakura in full bloom and people were picnicking underneath.
Anonymous man taking photo of sakuras – I thought he made a great portrait.
The weekend was the busiest time in Kyoto with the predicted full blooming of sakuras all around Kyoto. By some fluke of planning, we arrived in Kyoto the Friday before and made our way to Gion to view the lovely cherry blossoms. As further luck would have it, the geishas (actually they are maikos – i remember the difference from having read ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’) were having a day out themselves viewing the blossoms in the sun. They were kind enough to stand around while tourists gawked at their beautifully made up faces, hair and costumes, and this pair below also asked passers-by to take photos of them with the blossoms.