Above, a dragon statue and ceremonial prayer scrolls in the background at the entrance to Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama; below, excellent shaved ice at Arashiyama Park Nakanoshima nearby and a cat-themed store across the Katsura River.

Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys!

Below, some of the grounds at Tenryu-ji Buddhist  temple and World Heritage gardens, part of the coursed lunch at the shojin ryori restaurant Shigetsu within (including potato florets and a baked eggplant dish), and the bamboo forest nearby.

Signs warning against touching the geiko or maiko, couples in costume posing for photo shoots near the Gion Tatsumi Bridge, and some of the excellent local pickle gyoza at Chao Chao.