I don't think that it really is possible to get sick of Bondi Beach as a photographer. There is always something different or things happening that you can shoot. I have shot plenty of sunrises and it is rare to walk away without some good shots. The terrible weather that we have been having lately has made it challenging to even get out of bed.
The green rocks at South Bondi are interesting to photograph
Bondi Icebergs Pool and Restaurant
Reflections are fun to shoot
There is always something happening at sunrise at Bondi
It is always changing at Bondi

The Bronte Beach Pool is a magnet for photographers. On any given Saturday or Sunday there will be at least 5 other photographers there trying to capture the sunrise. This morning there would have been close to 25 photographers shuffling around the pools edge jostling for the best positions and frustrating each other by getting in the shots. I wasn't worried as I felt that it showed what it is like there every weekend. .
Bronte Pool
Bronte Cliffs
Bronte Swimming Club
Bronte to Bondi
Great place to swim some laps
Bronte Boggy Hole
How great is the Bronte Pool. No wonder the photographers flock here

It may be cold, but even the blues of winter at the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney beaches are beautiful. This collection of photos are all long exposures. They range from 30 seconds through to a few minutes of exposure which helps smooth out the water and makes it look like a ghost town. I really enjoy shooting long exposure photos as it really makes you slow down end enjoy the moment as well as capturing something amazing.
Bronte Beach
The cliffs between Bronte & Tamarama Beaches
Bronte Beach
Perfect rock fishing spots at Bronte
Winter sunrise over Tamarama Beach
Bondi Beach Sunrise

In the town of Ito, I stayed at K's House which is a traditional wooden Ryokan which is over 100 years old. They have dorm rooms, but this isn't your traditional hostel. I stayed in a private room with a bathroom that had a balcony over looking the river that runs along the back of the accommodation. This was one of my best experiences to feel for how traditionally the Japanese live with tatami mats and sleeping on the floor. The bedding was very comfortable, which I was super surprised about. It is well worth experiencing staying at a Ryokan with any trip to Japan.
Ito Harbour
This is a private room at K's House - Ryokan Accommodation
This is K's House accommodation and the other traditional Ryokan that is worth a visit in Ito

You can get to Ito by train from Tokyo or Kyoto through Atami. I caught the train from further south on the Izu Peninsula from the town of Shimoda. If you stay at K's House Ryokan is is either a short 10 minute walk from the station or a 800YEN taxi if you have luggage. 
More of Ito's harbour
If you are lucky enough to be there on a weekend that the drag net fishing display happens it is worth getting up early. 
There is free miso soup afterwards!

On previous trips to Japan, I have been to Kamakura. Kamakura is a great beach location, but on this trip I went a bit further south on the coast to the Izu Peninsula. Shimoda is a quiet fishing village with some amazing rugged coastline. Shimoda is famous for being the location of where Japan opened their ports to trade with other countries in the 1850. Since then I don't think that much has changed.
Nebetahama Beach Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula
Shimoda Rope Way is worth a trip with amazing views over the town, but also over the harbor

If you have a JR rail pass you can use this to catch the train from Tokyo through Atami to Shimoda. You can catch any JR train to Shinagawa Station and then take the Odoriko Super View which you need to book a reserved seat all the way through to Shimoda. The rail line from Atami is a privately owned line called the Izu Kyuko Line. This means that you will have to pay additional amount when you arrive in Shimoda of about 1500 YEN per person as your JR pass will not cover this. If you arrive early to Shimoda there are luggage lockers where you can leave your bags and use the Izu Kyuko day pass you have just paid for and catch a train back to Kawazu to explore another little town for a few hours.

At Shimoda Station all of the hotels have staff members there to greet you and take you in their shuttle bus to the hotel. I stayed at Shimoda Tokyu Hotel which run shuttle buses twice an hour from the hotel to the station. You can also ask the driver to drop you off on Perry Road which is worth an explore and wander back to town using the walking trail.
Shimoda Tokyu Hotel has great ocean view rooms
There are many abandon houses and buildings that nature is trying to take back 
Shirahama Beach is worth a visit and is a 10 minute bus ride from Shimoda
Beach shops of Shirahama Beach
If I went back I would hire a car to explore the Izu Peninsula. The driving would be easy and allow you to explore more as the public transport is fairly limiting.

This is part III of random photos of the streets of Japan. 

When you spend most of the day walking around Japan there is just so many things for you to see. These are some of the things that draw me to Japan. The people. They are always so busy and on the go. Sometimes it fels like the only time the have to sleep is on public transport. How do they always just wake up when it is their station to get off. It is like some special power. If I fell asleep on the train I would likely be woken up by the station attendant at the final stop.

The temples of Kyoto are what you go there for, well those and the food. There are so many temples and shrines that you need to pick wisely and plan which ones you are going to visit as they are spread out all over the city.

Fushimi Inari Taisha - more than just a Shinto Shrine with hundreds of torii gates
Keep your vases dry
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is well worth a visit to get away from the madness
Riding bikes in Tokyo
Crossing madness but somehow everyone avoids running into each other
Nishiki Markets in Kyoto are worth a wander
Many women in Kyoto wear traditional clothing

This is part II of random photos of the streets of Japan.

Walking the streets are the best way to take in the sites and sounds of a city. Walking around in Japan is the sensory overload that you expect from this country. 

Tokyo, Kyoto and even down on the Izu Peninsula there are things around every corner that make you want to go around the next corner.
Long exposure of one of the buildings in Tokyo
Something interesting in the window to get your clients through the door
They love their fish in Japan. Fishermen showing their catch from drag net fishing off the beach
It is all business in Ito, even on the beach at 6am
Catch 5 minutes sleep anywhere you can. Even in the Imperial Gardens in Tokyo
There are so many interesting motorbikes in Japan

It feels like everywhere you look in Japan there is something to entertain your eyes. The nightlife of Shinjuku where there is just so much going on and the people watching is fascinating and the interesting red light area of Kabukicho will open you eyes to another side of Tokyo.Then there is the traditional side of Kyoto where everyone rides bikes because it is so flat and women walk the streets in traditional clothing.

This is part one of random photos of the streets of Japan.
Shinjuku madness at night. Does anyone ever stand still in Tokyo?
Kyoto is all about bikes and many women dress in traditional outfits
Randon restaurant in Kyoto
You need a weekend adventure mobile when you live in Tokyo
Electric bikes make life easier

On all of the trains in Kyoto they have these advertisements that say 'Do You Kyoto?' The answer for me is yes, I do Kyoto and I am loving being here in Kyoto. There are so many temples and so little time that it is important to pick a few and not overload yourself. I have been to Kyoto before and visited many temples the first time around, but you can come back here many times and visit different temples. In one day I went to two, the Daigoji Temple which is world heritage listed and the Fushimi Irari-taisha.
Bentendo Hall
Bentendo Hall Bridge
The Daigoji was so amazing and peaceful and relaxing. There is a garden where they do not allow you to take photos, but it is the most beautiful garden I have ever seen. I just had to sit and take it all in and take a photo with my mind. There really were not very many tourists visiting this temple as there are so many on the list, but I highly recommend a visit here.  I caught the express direct bus from Kyoto Station (Hachijoguchi) outside the Keihan Hotel at bus stand number 8. It takes about 30 minutes and cost 300YEN
Goju-no-to is the five story pagoda constructed in 936
A monk takes some time to enjoy the surroundings
The grounds are beautiful and I can see why the Buddhist monks selected this spot
The Fushimi Irari-taisha was the next destination. From Daigoji Temple we walked to the Diago subway station which took about 15 minutes. From Diago subway station we went to Rokujizo where we changed to a JR Nara line train towards Kyoto to Inari Station. I use my JR Rain Pass, but it wouldn't be more than 300YEN. Once you arrive at Inari station it is very obvious where you need to go. Just head through the first torii of many for the day.
It is had to get a photo with no one in it at Fushimi Inari as it is very popular
Each torii at the Fushimi Irari is donated by a Japanese business and spans up the mountain over a distance of around 4km. You will need at least 2 hours here and longer if you want to wait and try and take photos without any people.
There is lots of interesting things to shoot
Fushimi Inari is more than just a Shinto Shrine

I also found Omotesando Koffee in Kyoto. We found these guys in Tokyo and it was great to find them in Kyoto. The do great iced latte as well as a great macchiato. They are located in the United Arrows store on Shijo Dori. Well worth a side trip to get your caffeine fix. 

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