Japanese stories. 02

Hello again, everyone! I’m very sorry I disappeared again and didn’t post anything for more than one month. Was busy with short movie making. has an interesting project to finish until the end of June. Going here and there, working. Well, very busy. Anyways will try to finish our short Japanese story in May and release interesting shots I had with comment necessary.

On the picture above you could see the lines connecting Osaka and Kyoto. There are different types of trains colored differently — Rapid, Express, Local, etc. In Japan as I pointed earlier in my posts train system is very developed. But not every train stops on every stop. With Kyoto and Osaka it’s easy. Although if you have a bus stop somewhere in the middle of the way you should plan carefully which trains you should take.

This is how the train station and platforms look. Everything is in Japanese and English, it is very hard to get lost. Also on every station you may see an attendant who can speak English (in most cases). So, don’t hesitate to ask them for help if you’re not sure where to go and which train to depart. Better be sure than waste your time and get lost.

Every train has a sign about it’s type. The sign color is the same as in the scheme I pointed earlier. Trains look like subway trains and usually the railway line is connected to subway of the city nearby (at least in Tokyo).

Same here. Above is limited express. Here is semi-express. As I understood semi-express is something like a local train but skips several stops. Limited express stops only on main stops on the line. Both types of trains can stop on the same line and platform with the difference f 10-15 minutes or less. So, you may easily leave the train then wait 10 minutes and depart the one coming to the same railway.

This is already Kyoto. It was rainy, but not disgusting. I was walking to my guesthouse curious about architecture and street planning. It was different from Osaka: almost all buildings are small, flats are small, roads narrow. When you walk in the alleys you can see small yards, personal belongings in front of the garage. If cars are going the same way drivers always give a way for pedestrians.

When I uploaded all photos to my laptop some were lost, including my visit to hot bath. Hopefully some pics of my visit to the first bar in Kyoto were saved uncorrupted. It was my first whisky place I visited in Japan. The bartender could speak English and gave me advice where to go in Kyoto. Also was kind to ask to try Ichiros and Taketsuru Pure Malt. I fell in love with the second one.

Later in my guesthouse I bought day pass for buses around Kyoto. Every guesthouse, hostel, hotel has this option. You pay around 500 JPY (or 2000 JPY I don’t really remember) and you can ride buses the whole day as much as you want. The map is very easy to navigate you just need to mark places you want to visit, then use buses and interchange bus stops. Nice and easy. But I warn you one day is NOT ENOUGH to visit everything you may want to.

Still rainy and cloudy. It is the way to Golden Pavilion. On the way I met many Chinese tourists and many Europeans (mostly young ones).

It’s not the temple, it was used long time ago as a ceremony building. The whole area around is very quiet and for the purposes of the past it suits best. As I told before there are many tourists around but there is always space to make a nice picture.

Usually tourists stand on the other side of the lake and this side is not popular for pictures. The passage is very narrow but many people walk here and there. Tourists make numerous selfies (especially Chinese girls — for weixin lol), make family photos. But I just noticed that there you feel very calm.

Golden pavilion is not only the building but the huge area with the park and gardens around. Everything looks tidy, clean and pleasant to look at, walk. You enjoy absolutely everything.

To get to some temples you should walk narrow streets and alleys, sometimes they are full of tourists, sometimes not. Everywhere you may find snacks, souvenirs, shops, vending machines with water. It is impossible to get lost or starve to death. Everything is convenient and accessible for tourists and Kyoto citizens.

More gardens for you. As you see there are not many trash bins around. However the area is clean. It is cleaned AND people themselves usually don’t want to throw trash around because it will be something similar to crime against such a beautiful landscape.

After temples I went to check the cemetery. There I met nobody. Only wind and stillness of the area accompanied me. From the top point beautiful Kyoto landscape may be seen. Sometimes you hear wooden sticks clicking moved by the slight touch of the wind.

I intentionally skipped many pics on the way to that temple (sorry, don’t remember the name, it is in the East part of Kyoto), because of crowds of tourists and crowds of young Japanese in traditional clothing. It was around 16-17:00 and the sunshine was comfortable to make pictures without any overexposure. There I didn’t enjoy much because almost every meter around was occupied by tourists willing to record every move and every step.

However on the way to the temple and back I liked the canals. There were several streets I took that completely distracted me from the impression I’m in the popular tourists spot.

And at the end I visited Kyoto bar called Talisker. It is owned by the famous bartender from Tokyo that has his own venue in Ginza. The place is small has a huge variety of single malt whiskies. There is only one bartender working and as you see he is not young. In China it’s opposite — if you’re old it’s hard for you to become famous bartender or be employed. The bar is not among cheap ones but there you can find literally anything you want. Get ready to spend 100$ for one trip.

Next time trip to Nagoya!

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