A brisk cold spring afternoon in Kyoto above a temple a barren tree reaches into the sky like a fan.
Salary men leave the late night restaurant and bar district in the port city of Takamatsu 高松, Shikoku Japan.
Man passing run down building in the the Shinsekai area of Osaka. 大坂 新世界 日本
Streets of Osaka in the Shinsekai area Japan / 大坂 新世界 日本. This is known as the most run down and dangerous area of Japan as it was heavily occupied by the Yakuza and crime was rampant. These days it is still run down almost as it has been forgotten by Osaka itself. The area still hosts gaming halls for Shogi, Gomoku and Mahjong inhabited by the elderly. It also hosts a large transvestite community. However despite the rough image the food here is at a very good price and is as tasty as anywhere else in Japan so check it out for the out of norm experience in Japan. (Note: Japan is known for its very low crime rate and almost eat off the streets cleanliness)
Train leaves Hamaotsu station in city of Otsu
Otsu city located on the southern end of Lake Biwa briefly served as the capital of Japan from 667 to 672 AD during the Asuka period (538 – 710). The area of the city has an old historical feel to it as you roam the neighborhoods. I visited a local bar that is still running for over 50 years unchanged.
Old shops line the empty streets of Otsu
Heading North from Otsu station towards Lake Biwa and Hamaotsu Stationis a street lined with many old shops mostly catering to locals. Unlike Tokyo or other major cities in Japan, rural areas don’t have the madhouse rush to get home from work.
Kyoto Street Crossing
Women crosses street with umbrella to shield herself from sun rays on a unusually warm day in Fall. The nice weather had many locals and tourists visiting near by Temples and shops
A River Passes Through Kyoto
A river slowly flows from the mountains down through Kyoto’s old streets. Bicycling or hiking the outskirts of Kyoto has many rewards not found via bus tours. Kyoto Japan is more then temples and shrines, one just has to wonder just a bit further.