Completed in 1611 Matsue Castle, a “Black Castle” due to its dark and austere exterior is and surrounded by a gorgeous moat and thick wall. It is one of only a dozen original castles left in Japan. That means that unlike many others like Naoya Castle and Osaka Castle, […]

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Ushibuka Haiya Odori is one of Japan's most famous festivals. It began around 200 years ago in the once rich port of Ushibuka. What is unique about the Ushibuka Haiya Odori, it’s said to be the root of all “Awa Odori” and “Haiya” folk music heard all over Japan! [...]

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After Mount Fuji, Chureito Pagoda, Obuchi Sasaba and Wakayama’s famous Taki Fall (Taki waterfall), the Seigantoji Pagoda is one of the world's most famous locations wherein a single picture so much of Japan’s beauty can be seen. Right in the center of Kumano Nachi Taisha history, […]

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Summer officially comes to its end and everywhere in Tokyo local little matsuri are held. I stumbled upon this one in Jizo Dori, near Sugamo station. Two little mikoshi were carried along this little street, accompanied by drums. Wonderful atmosphere, and excellent surprise ! Gear used: Fujifilm X-T3 + 56mm f/1.2

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Lost in the middle of the Wakayama mountains near Kozagawa villa, you will find, after a good 40 minutes walk in the forest, beautiful Nakatsudani falls and its pristine water. […]

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Located near the top of Mt. Gongenyama in Wakayama prefecture you first ascend a very steep stone staircase made of 538 steps to find tucked below a huge boulder where the Kumano deities were said to have descended from heaven to earth. […]

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What makes the Shirasaki Coast so fascinating?  It’s thanks to the unique limestone rock formation that during a hot summer day feels like being in the south of Europe or even Greece. The Shirasaki Coast is not only famous for its beautiful landscape but also for good times around […]

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Hashigui-iwa Rock is one of the many beautiful natural wonders of Wakayama prefecture.  Featuring a straight line of large and small unusually shaped rocks which stretches for around 850 meters, it appears to be the stakes of a bridge. The fantastic scenery colored by the sunrise is especially […]

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You don’t know Tokyo until you’ve seen the Izu Islands. Located off the coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, these nine smaller islands are actually within Tokyo’s jurisdiction. Spending a weekend island hopping here can give visitors a breath of relief from the organized chaos of Tokyo proper. [...]

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You don’t know Tokyo until you’ve seen the Izu Islands. Located off the coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, these nine smaller islands are actually within Tokyo’s jurisdiction. Spending a weekend island hopping here can give visitors a breath of relief from the organized chaos of Tokyo proper. [...]

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What used to be a necessity of the past: transporting logs down from the Wakayama gorgeous forests and mountains. Kitayama log rafting is now thrilled oriented experience mixing tradition and fun. [...]

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It is said that the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri (festival) started over 400 years ago in order to celebrate the birth of the son of Hideyoshi Toyotomi a local warlord. Ever since locals in Nagahama city have worked hard to maintain this massive gorgeous Hikiyama floats as a matter […]

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