Kyoto/Osaka – Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

Kansai Airport

Our flight left out of Taoyuan International Airport an hour early to avoid Typhoon Krosa which was already hammering Taiwan with heavy wind and rain early Saturday morning. We barely made it to the terminal on time on account of a traffic accident preventing Cathy (who was coming from Nantou) to make it to the airport early.


Through some act of divine intervention my seat was upgraded to business class. It was a little too early for me to take part in the wine and champagne service, but the extra leg room was nice for the 2 hour flight. Our flight’s captain predicted that the first half of the flight would be extremely bumpy. However, we experienced absolutely no turbulence after about 10 minutes into our flight.

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station [京都駅] is one big jumbled mess of steel and glass:

Kyoto Station

The station is an impressive, futuristic structure. When I took out my camera while walking through it for the first time, I really had no idea where to begin.

Kyoto Station.jpg

The station was about a 5-minute walk from our hotel. We had a little trouble finding it at first, luckily everyone we encountered was very helpful when it came to helping us find our way, if they knew they couldn’t help us, they would flag down someone who could.

Kyoto Tower

Experimenting with a long exposure shot on my Nikon D40, this street is near our hotel:

Long Exposure

A taxi and a Mercedes attempt to pass one another on a narrow road in Kyoto’s Gion District [祇園]:

Traffic in Gion

Riding the subway in Kyoto, one good thing about their trains is that the seats are cushioned unlike the molded plastic seats on Taipei’s MRT.

riding the train

Arashiyama Station [嵐山駅] in Western Kyoto, a beautiful scenic area we explored on rented bicycles [more later]:

Arashiyama Station

The panorama below was taken at Osakajō-kōen Station [大阪城公園駅] along the Osaka Loop-Line [大阪環状線]. The train is a JR 221-series.

JR221 at Osakajō-kōen Station

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The pictures used for the right side of the panorama turned out a little blurry because I tried to take the shots before the next train came, so unfortunately the pan didn’t turn out quite as well as I would like, as amateur photographer and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once infamously said, “As you know, you have to make a panorama with the pictures you have, not the pictures you want.” This pan of people waiting at Tennōji Station [天王寺駅] was inspired by a similar shot by Michael Turton:

Tennōji Station

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A 201-series train at Tennōji Station [天王寺駅], Osaka:

Tennōji Station 201 series

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Another panorama of a JR 221-series at Tennōji Station [天王寺駅]:

JR221 at Tennōji Station

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281 series Haruka at Kansai Airport

281-series Haruka at Kansai International Airport

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