Lots of Stairs in Eastern Kyoto
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Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Lack of Vertigo
there should be plenty

The other day after a short stroll through the Chishaku-in Temple in eastern Kyoto, we made our way behind it to search for a set of stairs that Stéphane had suggested. We found it.


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
First Steps
just a few baby ones

At the top of the small set of steps was a park with cherry blossoms and kids playing, beyond which was a large wooden gate building...


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Gate

Paying a scant 50 yen (US$ 0.60) to pass through, we found the main set of stairs....


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Now Those are Some Steps

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Challenge

Just as we started up, someone came to jog the stairs, reminding me of north-east Kyoto's Tanukitanisan Fudouin Temple where athletes train by running the stair-filled path.

At the top of this very long set of stairs is another little park and little gate...


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Mid-Level Gate

... followed by, you guessed it... more steps...


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots More Steps

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Back Down
this is the only photo I got that seems to capture the steepness

There's nothing much to speak of at the top... a large but remarkably-boring grave monument of some kind... so the attraction is the 523-step trip, not the destination.

a stone fence
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fence
about the only interesting thing at the top
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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down @ 125mm

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down @ 50mm
represents the scale more realistically

Photographically speaking, this post so far has been free from the burden of color and quality, but I'd like to inject at least a bit of color (though not quality) via some less-than-thrilling tsubaki blossoms, if for no other reason than it gives me the opportunity to refer to this utterly-perfect blossom, a related tsubaki variety at a temple a mile or so away.


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Tsubaki
not such a great specimen

Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Tsubaki Bud
also not so great

Better than the sad tsubaki was the sunshine and cherry blossoms, though it's sad that this is the best photo I can share:


Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Cherry Blossoms and Shrine Gate

Also sad is that when researching the location in writing up this post, I realized that the grave monument at the top is for a decidedly-vile person from 400 years ago in Japanese history, which greatly lessens the appeal to me. Oh well.


One comment so far...

So, how did your legs feel the day after the stair event?

Not bad. I actually sprinted up 1/3rd of the longest set of steps to pass the guy in the lavender shirt, but I stopped at that point in the name of, er, waiting for my friends. The lavender-shirt guy kept a solid slow steady pace the whole time and made it in one shot, something I don’t think I could have done. —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on April 11th, 2012 at 11:30pm JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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