Gion Matsuri – image © Jeffrey Friedl
A man takes a break during one of the events of the Gion Matsuri, which is held on 17 and 24 July.
Kuya-no-Taki Falls near Kiyotaki in Western Kyoto. This magical spot can be reached by hiking for about 30 minutes from the tiny hamlet of Kiyotaki. You’ll either need a map and the ability to read Japanese or a guide to reach it. My tour company offers a walk that includes these falls.