Southern Hidagishiyama is just a few minutes’ walk (or bike) from downtown Kyoto and can completely transport you into more natural and spiritual settings, through a plethora of Buddhist temples and contemplative walking paths.
We made friends with a few six-graders who were practicing their English!
And tried tasty treats of the many vendors near this area.
Just a few minutes up the road, you can change scenery yet again.
Past and present Kyoto.
Many locals dress in traditional clothes, including this lovely couple strolling through the bamboo forest.
After a beautifully misty day of sightseeing, we check out the narrow streets of Ponte-cho, lanterns restaurants and bars as far as the eye can see down its corridors.