The last stretches of the main section of the path. Further on towards the end the street and buildings disappear on the left and leave only the canal and a quiet forest of overhanging trees for the remainder. It curves around in a broader space before arriving in the next neighbourhood.
Continuing, you can re-enter the streets and turn a few corners to discover Nanzen-ji 南禅寺.
There must be millions of photos of sakura 桜 nicer than this one, with a better angle and focal point and contrast with the background, but how could I take so many photos of the cherry blossoms and not post at least a few close-ups?
Returning to the path and further south, light dappled by the sakura 桜, the crowds became larger, but still just as relaxed.
It's impossible not to be drawn in by the charm of it all, the stream and the footbridges, the occasional whiff of some sweet snack nearby. And fallen petals, swept by the wind, accumulating as pink edges to everything.
More explosive blooms in the thick green around the temple, held until the air turns.