Nov. 15, 2015

Tuesday 3rd November.

Around 6am I noticed a bit of light coming in from the west so grabbed the camera and headed down to the Setagawa river which flows out of Lake Biwako and through Ishiyama. Getting to the river took about 7-8 minutes. I arrived a few minutes before the sun had broken fully over the buildings on the opposite side of the river. Two local photographers had beaten me to it and had their equipment set up and ready to shoot.

From my starting point I walked along the river path in the direction of Biwako. Similar to most pavements in Japan the pathway is well designed and constructed catering for both pedestrians and cyclists alike. There were many people fishing from the man made breakway that lines the river.

After breakfast I headed off to Daigo city to visit the Daigo ji temple complex. Most probably the most visited site in the city as getting to the complex is quite easy......just follow the directions from the station.

In the complex are 6 sites. I was there for one only and could not establish from the map provided as to which one was the one I wanted to see.....everything was in Japanese characters. I purchased (yes, this is a temple complex that requires a ticket for each of the 6 sites to gain entry) 2 only. Luckily I managed to get a ticket for the one I really wanted to see and I did spend a fair amount of time there. The second complex I had access to was somewhat less user friendly. For whatever reason they have a no photograph policy which included the garden within the complex. This information only once inside the complex. 

I have previously experienced this non photograph policy at a couple of Japanese temple complexes and if I know upfront will not visit them. 

From Daigo I once again went through to Arashiyama. Another bad move. Today was culture day and was overflowing with tourists both local and foreign. Many couples were attired in traditional kimonos and even foreign ladies including a group of Chinese ladies had rented kimonos for the day. I love the way the Japanese live their culture.

The weather today was partially better than yesterday but it dawned on me that Arashiyama needs a morning shoot . So, some planning needed for another visit.