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Ancient Tunnel of Light – Fushimi Inari – Kyoto, Japan


Photo of the Day – Ancient Tunnel of Light – Fushimi Inari – Kyoto, Japan

A first visit to Kyoto always involves spending a few days moving all over the city exploring the wondrous Japanese temples and shrines. If you are even slightly into photography, the famous Fushimi Inari shrine can not be missed! At the shrine you will find long tunnels composed of vibrant orange Torri that seem to span forever into the distance. Check it out!

Ancient Tunnel of Light - Fushimi Inari - Kyoto, Japan

The Silent Golden Pavilion – Kyoto, Japan


Photo of the Day – The Silent Golden Pavilion – Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion is regarded by many to be one of the top tourist attractions in all of Japan. While the scene of the silent golden structure across the zen-like pond is certainly beautiful, it definitely is not one of the Top 100 places on the planet to visit. Honestly, it doesn’t even belong on a Top 250 places list. It just doesn’t fit into any of the three criteria – massive scale, intricately detailed and/or seriously old.

The Golden Temple is symbolic in a strange way for me. It is a reminder that finding the unbelievable and fascinating in Japan is not as simple as paying an admission fee and snapping pictures of a globally renowned tourist attraction for 15 minutes. Japan’s true beauty lies in it’s unique and beautifully different culture which is sewn deeply into every member of their predominantly homogenous society.

Japan should absolutely be at the top of everyone’s travel lists, however don’t get lost searching for physical wonders of the world (there are 0 AbsoluteVisits in Japan). Plan your trip around diving deep into Japanese culture and you will undoubtedly walk away with the trip of a lifetime.

The Silent Golden Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan

Geisha Hunting – Kyoto, Japan


Photo of the Day – Geisha Hunting – Kyoto, Japan

No trip to Kyoto, Japan, is complete without spotting a real life Geisha in public. Geisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers who are instantly recognizable with their distinct white makeup and elaborate kimonos. Most likely you will not naturally run into a Geisha in Kyoto. Coming face to face with these ancient cultural icons requires embarking on a bit of a paparazzi mission.

You need to learn where they typically hang out. Research what time of the day they are in transit, requiring them to be out on the street in plain view. Like all hunting, you will need to exercise extreme patience. You’re hard work will likely pay off, but there is certainly no guarantee.

I spotted this group of Geisha briskly walking out of one building quickly into the privacy of a black sedan. Without hesitation I held down the shutter release and snapped off five pictures per second for what felt like a split second. As their car sped away I quickly flipped through the array of images on my camera and there they were, the elusive ghosts had been caught and captured!

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