My Japanese Heaven – Part 3 of 4 – Kyoto in the fall

No bla bla today. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I’ll just say that Kyoto is a very very special place indeed and its people a delight to be around:

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  1. Sho says:

    Such spectacular colours! I’m so glad I could at least see Kyoto through the magic of your lens. A healthy dose of manga and anime while growing up, and fairly recently, stories such as Memoirs of a Geisha and Kafka on the Shore have kept me insanely curious about Japan, Kyoto in particular.

    I hope to make a trip someday, hopefully soon! How convenient is getting around for a solo traveller?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Kyoto is the one place to see. Truly special! Travelling in Japan is really easy and everyone is so helpful and polite. No crime whatsoever…

  2. pastedreams says:

    I’ve been to Kyoto 3 times and my pictures are awful in comparison with yours. LOL. . .I need to take a photography class. Were you able to go to Ishiyama-dera? It’s outside the city but is a huge temple complex that most tourists don’t go to—very peaceful retreat!

  3. Your photos from Japan are amazing, the colours are so vibrant! I’m so jealous I’d love to go, I’ll have to start saving for my trip!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You should! It’s surprisingly cheap though… In Euros at least… You should definitely go!! Late November was absolutely perfect…

      1. Ooo thank you for the tip! That gives me a few months to save at least 🙂

  4. Lexy says:

    Beautiful post, I need to go to Japan now 😉

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You really should Lexy 😉

  5. Hello Stéphane, So, I see you have visited my second home country, Japan. Was this your first time? I was visiting a short time before you, in Sept and Oct. This time, for the first time, cruised all around the country for a month, stopping at one of the most scenic and historically rich prefectures, before we stopped for 10 days in Tokyo. Kyoto is one of those cities where one can spend an entire life time and still have things to discover and be enchanted by. What you have captured in your photography is very soul touching. There is so much to explore in Japan, I hope you will visit again and share it with the world through your lens and kind narrative. ~Fae.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Japan certainly is a very special place. I hope to go back soon ! Thanks for the lovely comment!!

  6. Adli Jacobs says:

    Thank you for this. Exquisite. I think it was Pablo Neruda in his Memoirs who reflected that Japanese hands just do not know ugliness. I can’t now, for the life of me, find the quote. But what does it matter? You prove that it’s true…

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Japanese people are very special indeed. Thanks for your comment!

  7. Some day I hope to travel to Japan. Beautiful post.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You really should. You won’t be disappointed I promise!

  8. Beautiful photos! We visited Kyoto 35 years ago and have many fond memories of the city and its people.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’d say it’s time you went back 😉 Great country indeed. It’s the people who make it special I think…

  9. Merci pour ce merveilleux voyage !!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Avec plaisir mon cher Mathias. Tien au fait, si tu aimes les voitures, je viens de créer mon site de photo auto: Vas y jeter un coup d’oeil

      1. Superbe ! Je garde le lien précieusement !

  10. shazzarob says:

    Such gorgeous colours and beautiful photos. And you saw Geisha! Wonderful. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:


  11. juliabarrett says:

    Beautiful photos! Hello. I’m back.

  12. chef mimi says:

    gorgeous photos. i seem to always say the same thing, but you are a truly talented photographer my friend!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you my dear friend. Gabriella an I are skypping this evening. Can’t wait to finally meet her!

      1. chef mimi says:

        she’ll make you laugh!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Can’t wait!

  13. Amazing photos! of an amazing place! congratulation!s 🙂

  14. Sugoi!! Subarashii!!

  15. Wonderful photographs, breath-taking colours and compositions.

    The climate of the west of Scotland must be similar to Japan as many Japanese trees, shrubs and mosses grow there, though the colours tend to be less fiery, or perhaps the leaves are blown from trees by gales before they reach that stage.

  16. skd says:

    Spectacular, amazing, gorgeous pictures. That place looks so good. 🙂

  17. What a magical place…gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for sharing your travels.

  18. Zelda says:

    Just beautiful! I want to go back now!

  19. Jake Skinner says:

    Absolutely stunning collection of Kyoto. I so want to go there!

  20. Your photos are such a joy. Seriously because of your photos on Japan and your blog posts-I’ve put it on my list to visit. Thanks 🙂

  21. Amanda says:

    This is so stunning. It’s actually moving to look at these pictures. There is something about your photography that captures the spirit of people and the beauty of a place that I really haven’t felt before. I love what you did with the colors. That picture of the bird…how did you even get at that vantage point? It’s almost magical. There really is something about the human spirit that you capture in a way I have not seen before. Thank you for sharing.

  22. I’m really enjoying the trip. Such wonderful colors.


  23. Beautiful as always. 🙂

  24. Farmgirl says:

    I am supposed to be outside doing farm chores. I could look at your photographs all day! I am particularly enthralled with the rock faces. What were those?

  25. Gorgeous collection of photos!

  26. Terrific set of photos Stéphane, as always your people pictures are my favourites – Splendid! 🙂

  27. sabine says:

    no bla bla in the post, no bla bla in the comment, just: wow!

  28. I am absolutely speechless. These are the most beautiful photos of Kyoto I have ever seen, each more lovely than the next. Un grand Merci, Stéphane…

  29. I am absolutely speechless. These are the most beautiful photos of Kyoto I have ever seen, each more lovely than the next. Un grand Merci, Stéphane…

  30. WOW… Stephane, you are such an inspiration with the detail that you capture – shouldn’t you be making your fortune with photos like these?! Rosie

  31. malgay651 says:

    Thank you for sharing

  32. ladyredspecs says:

    Stephane i’m breathless. There is no superlative to describe your wonderous photographic journey. Thanks you for the pleasure…

  33. Angeline M says:

    Oh my goodness, Stephane! These photos are spectacular. I keep going back through them and delighting in the clarity, light and composition of each one. Your love of Kyoto shows through.

  34. ZaCook says:

    Such beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

  35. Barbara says:

    Oh my. Oh. My! I was there in…let me think…1966? 1967? A long time ago. I spent three months in the summer and fell in love. I’d love to return. Your photographs are exquisite! Thank you so much for your posts about your trip (about everything). After my trips to Japan I have always said if I had to leave the U.S. and live somewhere else the rest of my life I could live in Japan without a second thought. I will return again and again to your images, and dream. Thank you!

  36. What amazing photos! Looks like it was an unbelievable year!

  37. Beautiful shots!! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Linda Duffin says:

    The pictures speak for themselves. Your stunning photography does Kyoto justice. Lx

  39. shootingvienna says:

    Those pictures are magical! I can’t wait to finally visit Japan myself. I am looking forward the most to Kyoto and Osaka. Thanks for the mini trip 🙂

  40. Gorgeous time of year to be there! The maple trees look beautiful. Your images are lovely. I love the selective focusing, the peek of the woman behind the curtain cooking, the women in their Kimono’s, the street scenes,and the gardens!

  41. Lynn says:

    Wow, those photos are GORGEOUS! My dream of going to Japan someday is alive and well thanks to you!

  42. Sandra says:

    Fabulous photos. They brighten up my day. So glad you’re sharing them.

  43. Breathtaking gallery! Seeing these photos makes me think that visiting Japan feels like visiting a whole different planet! Beautiful!

  44. Glorious! Just glorious! I am counting the days until June. THANK YOU.

  45. Kamila Pala says:

    Amazing set of beautiful photos! Bravo 🙂 I visited Kyoto before couple of years…very special place – unforgettable. Bye. Kamila

  46. There is no need for bla bla when you have such lovely photos to look at!

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