The first sakura are blooming while the morning fog lingers. Mt. Arashi, the mountain on the left side; on the right is the Katsura/Oi/Hozu River. A man I met while taking this photo told me there had been snow in the mountains overnight.
The Hoshinoya resort is alongside the river; evolved from the 17th century home of Ryoi Suminokura, Japan‘s first shipping tycoon, who modified the river so it could be used to transport timber and other goods downstream. The little house above is Daihikaku Senkoji, a small temple established by Suminokura in tribute to the workers who perished working on his river engineering projects.