Late autumn is a peak tourist season in Japan – because of the beautiful reddish colour of maple leaves. Out of all cities, Kyoto is one of the most popular ones because there are many famous buddhist temples there. Indeed, an ancient buddhist monastery with a red maple trees background is an excellent scene for photography – only if there is no tourist. Unfortunately most temples will be very crowded and finding a nice scene with no tourist is close to impossible. Even if some temples did deny access to some really beautiful places and you can take pictures on them from some far away viewpoints, you will find many people around you at those view points that you can’t even stand – not to mention placing a tripod.
So after we got fed up with the crowds, we tried our best to find a more serene place – and this Kyoto Botanical Garden is one of them. It does not have ancient monasteries but the tranquility away from tourists was priceless. We just walked around, taking pictures as we liked and rest whenever and wherever we want. Oh by the way while most temples charge you 300-600 yen of entrance fee, this one only costs 200.
OK – your eyesight is good and you still saw one person taking pictures in the photo. Yes – I took it intentionally.