The fall colors and temple viewing season officially ended today in Kyoto.
And none too soon.
Twice a year, Kyoto is overrun - colonized - by fume-spewing tour buses the size of aircraft carriers. They disgorge hopelessly confused tourists by the thousands.
They came, they took pictures, they looked up from their maps and iPhones - and now they are gone.
Until late March when the cherry trees blossom.
Cycling during the last three weekends has been trying at best, but now for a bit of smooth and cold sailing.
Full disclosure: the bus pictured above is in Kagoshima, not Kyoto.
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