A Virtual Tour of Kyoto

I went on a day and a half tour of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, doing the typical tourist thing. These days, too much of my life is virtual despite the fact that I actually commute to an office full of people, we’re all basically working on the same family of web services it still leaves me with a bit of longing for “the real”.


Nothing could be better than visiting Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, which was the home of Japanese nobility until the Meiji Revolution/Restoration. The Kansai area has a healthy mixture of modern and ancient you wouldn’t find anywhere else.


Despite the people of Kansai being more lively and direct than their Kanto counterparts, the economy still feels a bit sluggish, especially compared to the booming Nagoya area.


I took a bunch of photos for my virtual tour of Kyoto. I tried to capture the experience from a first person perspective from the train ride to Kyoto and back. I especially wanted to capture the tourist spots from both a first-person perspective (throngs of tourists flooding the scenery) and a detached perspective (cutting out all the tourists and framing the beautiful scenery as it was intended to be seen). Do check it out.


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Tourists desperate for the money shot.


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The cleaned up waterfront area of Dotonbori.


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Real bling.


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Gratuitous voyeur shot of girl with butterfly tattoo on upper back.


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Black Ebisu, not to be confused with black Elvis.


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