The snow last year when Kyoto was a winter wonderland (January 1st, 2015)

This winter it hasn’t snowed yet, maybe tonight it will! I still have great memories from last winter’s snowy days. Here is what was on January 1st!

It started snowing at around 2pm. I know that Kyoto rarely has snow and it doesn’t stay for long. So I took the decision – go to the North – to Kurama dera.

With Keihan train I went to Demachiyanagi station and from there I took Eizan train, Kurama line.  It was snowing heavily and it was turning into a storm. But it was beautiful. First scenes:

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The approach to the temple was a bit slippery. It was also cold, but it was one of those rare cases I didn’t care. When I came closer to the stairs and the first gate of the temple I saw amazing scenes.

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In summer time I had climbed all the way up on foot. But this time I decided to be careful and stay safe, so I took the funicular line. DSC_0078 (2) copyDSC_0080

And then my adventure in the snowy afternoon started. Red lanterns, buildings, stairs, roofs covered with snow, white path, snow falling from the trees.

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The main building of the temple is reached after walking a few hundreds meters and climbing some stairs.

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The main building was welcoming the few visitors with a bonfire. It was quiet and I had the feeling the time had stopped.

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The snow kept falling and it started getting darker. I decided to go down because walking was getting more difficult and I didn’t want to risk getting lost.

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Arriving at Demachiyanagi I saw so much snow there too! The bicycles were covered with more than 15 cm of snow, the roads were all white. And the quietness…

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On my way home I couldn’t resist visiting Shirakawa area near Shijo. It was fantastic!

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6 thoughts on “The snow last year when Kyoto was a winter wonderland (January 1st, 2015)

    1. Actually I didn’t imagine there would be so much snow! Once I was there I thought I can’t just turn back and go home! I had to go and take pictures!!! 😉 I was very careful. Especially careful with my camera – I can’t afford dropping it or falling with it 😉 So I walked very very slowly and didn’t risk too much. Next 2 days it snowed too, I will post about those later.

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