As you know, we share our life between Kyoto, in Japan, Nice in France and traveling. In other words, we’re not always in Kyoto and therefore the following photos albums only cover limited periods of time. We arrived back in Kyoto in Feb 2016 and left mid-May to attend our son’s graduation in NY. After this, we only returned to Kyoto briefly at the beginning of July, and then again in October for the Jidai Matsuri. We ended the year 2016 in Kyoto and left in early January.
These are random photos, taken all around the city, around the geisha districts, in temple and garden, and more. In any case, I suggest you click on one of the thumbnails and watch the slideshow in full screen mode.
A few photos taken during the Winter 2016. This period is usually the quietest of the year. A few ceremonies and traditional events are taking place right at the beginning of the year, and then the city slowly wakes up from the cold toward the end of February for the first flowers to bloom, the Plum! The revival of the nature has started.
A series of photos during the cherry blossom season, the busiest one of the year, with lots of flowers, temples, and tradition.
It is still cold, but the sun is showing up more and more. The flowers arrive everywhere in the city, together with a lot of tourists. Events, ceremonies, light ups, the whole city is full of activities as nature comes back to live everywhere. Definitely, the best season to be in Kyoto!
Only two photos taken during the Summer 2016. The reason for so few is not that nothing happens during this period, on the contrary, but we simply were not in Kyoto this year!
Summer starts strong with the Gion Matsuri, then the Obon festival, and many other events. A great period to visit the city as a family.
These photos were taken during the Fall of 2016. This is, without a doubt, the other best season to visit. Nature goes to rest, everywhere the leaves offer a concert of colors and tones, yellow, orange, red. The spectacle around the city and mainly within the temples is amazing.
The weather is usually fresh and clear, which makes for very pleasant visits. Lots of gardens and nature, quite a few events, and a few festivals.