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Hiking From Kyoto’s Kuuya-Taki Waterfall to the Tsukinowa-Dera Temple

Last week's “The Effect of Shutter Speed on the Appearance of Flowing Water” post reminded me that I had not finished the story I started a year ago in “On The Way From The Kuuya-taki Waterfall”, so I'll go ahead and do that now.

In that story about my first visit to the Kuuya-taki waterfall (空也滝), upon returning to the road, Nicolas Joannin and I found another path going up a different direction and decided to take it to see where it went, and soon came across this sign:

Tsukinowa-dera Temple: Open 9:30 ~ 3:30 月輪寺 (京都市) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Tsukinowa-dera Temple: Open 9:30 ~ 3:30
月輪寺 (京都市)

The temple's name means “Ring/Circle of the Moon”.

The path was easy, but often steep...

Typical Section of the Path -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Typical Section of the Path
Goes On and On and On... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Goes On and On and On...
Me Catching Up after having paused for some photography or other photo by Nicolas Joannin -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Nicolas Joannin
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Me Catching Up
after having paused for some photography or other
photo by Nicolas Joannin
Steep -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Steep
More of the Same -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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More of the Same
Less Steep at times -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Less Steep
at times

After a half an hour of unrelenting ascent, we came across a bench and a sign that took the wind out of our already-slumping sails...

30 Minutes until the Tsukinowa-dera Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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30 Minutes
until the Tsukinowa-dera Temple
“About Halfway” ← 30 minutes to the temple — 30 minutes to the waterfall → -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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“About Halfway”
← 30 minutes to the temple — 30 minutes to the waterfall →

We were pretty much wiped out by that point, so decided to leave the temple for another day.

On the way down we caught sight of someone else descending the mountain, but they weren't on the path...

Bigfootesque Sighting -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Bigfootesque Sighting
The “Trail” He Took -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The “Trail” He Took
Trail We Took -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Trail We Took
Little Fungus, Big Color... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Little Fungus, Big Color...
... with Little Friend -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... with Little Friend
Should have Read These back at the road, I noticed the right-most sign mentions an hour to the temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Should have Read These
back at the road, I noticed the right-most sign mentions an hour to the temple

Set back but not defeated, I returned a few days later to try again.

The road that leads there doesn't go anywhere else (it dead ends), and is pretty dangerously thin/steep/crumbly, so even though there's something that might be called a road, you feel already in the middle of the wilderness by the time you start on the paths to the waterfall or the temple. So it was with some surprise that I came across a mailman...

Neither Rain nor Sleet... nor, apparently, the need for multi-hour hikes will stand in the way of his appointed rounds. -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Neither Rain nor Sleet...
nor, apparently, the need for multi-hour hikes will stand in the way of his appointed rounds.

We chatted a bit... it turns out that the post office makes normal daily delivery service to the temple an hour up the mountain, and to another temple an hour further beyond that. Wow.

I had a head start on him because he had to change to his hiking clothes, but he caught up to me quickly...

Here He Comes -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Here He Comes
There He Goes -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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There He Goes
Interesting Rock as a step in the path -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Interesting Rock
as a step in the path
Up Up Up -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Up Up Up

The estimate of an hour for the climb was dead on... 60 minutes exactly after starting up on the path, I broke out into the clearing at the temple, and received my first nice view...

Arashiyama (嵐山) from the Tsukinowa-dera Temple -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Arashiyama (嵐山)
from the Tsukinowa-dera Temple

To provide a bit of context, when clicking through to the larger version of the photo above, you'll be able to see two bridges near the center of the frame. The bridge at the sharp bend in the river to the left of center is the one I was standing on when I took this shot last December:

desktop background image of a misty/rainy mountain setting of the Arashiyama (嵐山) area of Kyoto Japan, with a slight rainbow peeking through -- Morning Rainbow Over Arashiyama Dec 2012 -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Morning Rainbow Over Arashiyama
Dec 2012
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That was the lead post in “Revisiting December’s Arashiyama Outing: Dynamic Vistas and the Suzumushidera Temple”. The hike to the Tsukinowa-dera Temple is, I'm guessing, up one of the taller mountains in the background.

The other bridge, just south of the center of that frame, is Arashiyama's famous Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋), seen previously over the years on my blog here, here, and here.

Back to the hike up the mountain...

Unfortunately, after having hiked the hour up, there wasn't much of interest to my camera... a few rustic buildings, and that's about it.

Keeping Watch -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Keeping Watch
Tea Room with a nice view -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Tea Room
with a nice view
Place for zazen and the copying of sutras -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Place
for zazen and the copying of sutras
You Are Here -- Tsukinowa-dera (月輪寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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You Are Here

The temple is at the red dot near the center, 60 minutes from the waterfall (highest dot on the river) and 50+10 minutes from the Atago Temple (which is on the highest peak overlooking Kyoto). I never did see that postman again, so he had probably continued up that way.


Comments so far....

I’m impressed by that postman. What a job! He does look fit.
I’m surprised by the many post offices in Japan while in Germany they seem to close more and more…
Anne

— comment by Anne on July 16th, 2013 at 12:16pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Very nice trio of articles about the trips up to the waterfall and temple. BTW, have you tried converting some of the pix to B&W? It looked like some of the buildings/statues/waterfalls might provide vastly different renditions–so you wouldn’t have to remember the misery of the rainy day. :-)

— comment by wei chong on July 16th, 2013 at 4:52pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff!

Probably you have seen my name earlier in some comment, I like your posts and all your trips. this time my favorite picture is the one called “Morning rainbow…”, the color came out really nice and it feels like; I am standing there, nice picture:) Did you take it with a long (couple minute maybe?) exposure?

Endre
from Hungary, Europe

The rainbow shot was 1/160th of a second (as mentioned in the photo details just under the picture). —Jeffrey

— comment by Endre György Toth on July 23rd, 2013 at 2:23am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink
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