A Visit to Kyoto’s Northern Mountains, This Time By Car
Honest Life's Work farmer deep in the mountains of northern Kyoto, Japan -- Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Honest Life's Work
farmer deep in the mountains of northern Kyoto, Japan

I went out on a leisurely photo-expedition drive the other day with Paul Barr and Anastasiya Bulkavets, whom Paul and I met a couple of years ago in a story I've been meaning to tell, during this outing when she happen to recognize Damien and his red hat from having seen them on my blog. We all occasionally get together since.

Anastasiya out of focus, sorry, 'cause I was focusing on what was inside the rusty wheel -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Anastasiya
out of focus, sorry, 'cause I was focusing on what was inside the rusty wheel
Inside the Rusty Wheel -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Inside the Rusty Wheel
Hungry Babies -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Hungry Babies
Mommy Returns with a Tasty Snack -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mommy Returns with a Tasty Snack

I've lived in this area for more than a decade and have driven in the mountains many times over the years, but until I started cycling through them last year, I didn't really have a sense for locations and connecting roads... all the places in the mountains were just in the mountains, and I relied on my having geoencoded photos to be able to recall where something was or how to get there.

But now that I cycle through these mountains all the time, I'm intimate with the roads and what they connect, and the world is a much smaller place.

It was interesting to see some of these roads from the car.

To get to this first stop, we drove up through Ohara and onto the small mountain road that goes to Momoi Pass, a heinously-steep route that I first cycled in July. At least it's steep for me... toward the end of its 7km length it has a 1.2km section at an average of 12%.

It was much easier in the car.

We stopped at a small village with no services of any kind, except for one hidden drink vending machine, and a very old phone booth:

“ Phone · Telegraph ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Phone · Telegraph

There's also a nice field of irises that I hoped would be in bloom, but they weren't. Rather, here's a photo from this trip to the same place nine years ago...

Irises In Bloom 9 years ago -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Irises In Bloom
9 years ago

Not far away was a small shrine...

Shikobuchi Shrine 思子淵神社 -- Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Shikobuchi Shrine
思子淵神社

I go by all the time (this Entering a Small Village picture snapped on the fly during one cycle trip was taken just as we passed the shrine) but I had never stopped to check it out.

Difficult to Read “ 思子淵神社 ” even if the paint were fresh, I couldn't read that name -- Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Difficult to Read
思子淵神社
even if the paint were fresh, I couldn't read that name
Modern Construction beautiful light -- Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Modern Construction
beautiful light
Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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This kind of place can be a mixed bag... it is of relatively recent construction, so it lacks the old feeling that provides a certain appeal, yet because it's built simply to serve the local community, its has a level of honesty and purity that the big ostentatious temples and shrines have long abandoned.

Old Tree In Front -- Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Old Tree In Front

Across the way were active small-plot farms, which certainly have an appeal to me.

Working the Fields -- Shikobuchi Shrine (思子淵神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Working the Fields

We continued on up past Momoi Pass, then over Hanase Pass and down into the small village at its northern slope.

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Little Roadside Temple
Private Footbridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Private Footbridge
Some Building that I normally pass at a breakneck pace -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Some Building
that I normally pass at a breakneck pace
Another Shrine Entrance this one I had seen before -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Another Shrine Entrance
this one I had seen before

The shrine back in the mountains behind this gate made an appearance in Visiting the Back-Mountain Hiyoshi Shrine with Jon Van Dalen six and a half years ago.

Someone's House -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Someone's House

I'm guessing that this is one homestead, with the original house in the center, the storage kura at left, and a (relatively) modern 2nd-generation house for the now-adult oldest son at right.

Cowbell's New Sign -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Cowbell's New Sign

The letters are made of Styrofoam, so it gets broken easily. Compare with the same sign a year ago. Sometimes I'll stop by Cowbell for coffee while cycling, such as on this trip last year. Yet, I'd never noticed the cycle rack they have for road bikes:

Road-Bike Rack -- Cowbell -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Road-Bike Rack

Road bikes don't have kickstands, so one parks using a rack like this by hooking the seat over the pole, as seen here.

Then the drive brought us deeper into the mountains, where we stopped by a tunnel that I cycle through every so often...

Well, Now that You Mention It yes, this does look a bit familiar -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Well, Now that You Mention It
yes, this does look a bit familiar

I was shocked recently when I realized that this bridge/tunnel/bridge combo, which I'd been cycling through without a second thought, is the Kyoto’s Road to Nowhere that I posted about nine years ago (and then re-connected with four years ago).

Nine Years Ago 9 年前 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nine Years Ago
9年前

During both of those visits, the location in my mind was merely in the mountains somewhere, so when I started cycling through it on this ride last May, I never made the connection.

The 600m (⅓ mile) bit of road that it bypasses is still as pleasant as it was the first time I took it, so I still have no idea why what must have been such a large amount of money was spent.

Always Lovely entrance gate to the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Always Lovely
entrance gate to the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺)

We then made our way over to the Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺), which I first visited four years ago for photography. I've stopped by a few times while cycling, including during Bridget and Sarah’s Tour de Kyoto last fall.

Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Joshokoji Temple (常照皇寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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After while we started back to home, stopping by a shrine that has been on my blog many times...

Uncharacteristically Green Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Uncharacteristically Green
Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社)

The property is dominated with towering ginkgo trees, which are richly yellow in the fall. Here's a photo from early during last fall's season, from Cycling to Kyoto’s Ochiba Shrine Amid the Fall Colors...

Early Last Fall 去年の秋 -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2015-11-26/2646 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (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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Early Last Fall
去年の秋

My first visit to the shrine had been five years prior to that, with Paul, as chronicled in Carpet of Yellow at the Iwato Ochiba Shrine, Deep in the Mountains of North-West Kyoto. As with all the photos on my blog, the nearby photos link under each pictures brings you to other visits to the same place.

Closer back to Kyoto, I showed Paul and Anastasiya a little natural spring that cyclists often fill their water bottles at (as seen here)...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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When I cycle by, I'll often find folks filling up big jugs in the back of their car, to bring home. I guess the water is supposed to be very good, or blessed, or something. It is tasty, I know.

Tasty -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tasty

This is near the Kyoto Mountain Restaurant “Yama no Ie Hasegawa” that has also appeared many times on my blog. We would have liked to have stopped in, but time had run short. (I made up the visit by stopping in a couple of days ago on the end of this 127km ride with Gorm and Manseki.)

All in all, a relaxing, enjoyable day.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

What a wonderful entry. Many thanks for the detailed links and stories in this post; I appreciate that it must have taken quite some time to compose. Never underestimate the brightness your entries bring to others.

— comment by Anne Lumsden on June 13th, 2016 at 3:00am JST (9 months, 12 days ago) comment permalink

Another awesome post! Love the pictures of the countryside. I was wondering, do the ginko trees have any color on them in mid October, or do they usually turn in November with the maples?

The “nearby photos” link brings you to posts at a variety of times throughout the fall, so one can get a sense of when they turn and how long they stay, though I suppose there are year-to-year variations. Of course, this gives an indication only for this site… the trees at a site in the city, for example, likely turn much later. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robyn on June 15th, 2016 at 11:45am JST (9 months, 10 days ago) comment permalink

Thanks! After looking at past foliage reports, I’ve pretty much given up on seeing any real color in October, but that’s okay–plenty of beauty in green trees too.

— comment by Robyn on June 16th, 2016 at 10:52am JST (9 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink

i enjoy your blog posts. I took lots of photos with a film camera in 1953-1956 in Japan. All black and white until both Kodak and Fuji came out with color that we had to mail to Honolulu for processing. The cameras were great for that time but are obsolete compared to this digital age.

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on June 19th, 2016 at 6:09am JST (9 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink
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