Tokyo Olympic Games are just a little less than 400 days away and the whole city goes through a real construction frenzy. Here under this forest of orange and white cranes you cas see the future Olympic village in Harumi wharf. A whole area is being built from scratch, consisting in 21 buildings from 14 […]

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White limestone rocks, deep blue sea, wonderful sky, white fishing boats here and there… All this sounds very Mediterranean for ;ost Europeans, but such landscapes can also be found in Wakayama, in Shirasaki (near Kii-Yura city). This area proposes many camp grounds and a few famous diving spots to enjoys the local sea life. Gear […]

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Kamikura Jinja is located halfway up a mountain slope. It takes around 500 uneven stone steps to reach the top and this enormous boulder where the Gods first came to Earth according to the Japanese mythology. From there you can take a rest and enjoy a wonderful view on Shingu City. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T3 […]

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Kumano Hayatama Taisha is one of the three most important temples in the Kumano area (the two others being Hongu Taisha and Nachi Taisha). The shrine has been established in the 12th century and hosts an impressive collection of national treasures in a dedicated museum. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T3 + 23mm f/1.4

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Daimonzaka is a truly beautiful path leading to another wonderful landmark in Wakayama prefecture, Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. The path itself is really worth a little walk. The stone stairs, the huge and old trees along the way (many of them being over 800 years old) both contribute to the quasi-mystical atmosphere […]

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Wakayama has many picturesque landscapes to offer. One of these natural landmarks is the Hashigui-Iwa rock formations in Kushimoto. The legend says that a monk tried to build a bridge to Oshima island, but a demon prevented him to do so, letting these “pillars” as sole remains of the aborted construction. Catching it at sunrise […]

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Wakayama produces a lot of wood, and has many waterways. Lumberjacks used them to bring fresh cut logs downstream, to their processing facilities. Today they propose to carry tourists on those logs (a tourist-friendly version, with seats and handrails) on the Kitayama river and its rapids. The ride takes 45 mn roughly and costs 6.000 […]

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Kamikura Jinja is a little shrine located halfway up Mount Gongenyama. It is said that the Gods first came to Earth through this very temple, and brought the fire as a gift to humans. To celebrate this, a ceremony is held every year; the Oto matsuri consists in making dozens of participants recently down hill, […]

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During our second trip to Wakayama prefecture we had the great pleasure to be granted a model, dressed in Heian ishom or Hean era costume. At that time only noble people wore this costume to walk along the Daimon-zaka leading to the wonderful Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + […]

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One of the most iconic view in Japan: the Nachi Falls and the orange pagoda in the foreground. This day we were lucky and had a few rain showers while we were setting up our cameras. In many places it’s just bad luck, but here it’s a blessing: the pagoda becomes shiny and the hills […]

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Izumo Taisha is one of Japan’s top cultural landmarks. The temple itself is interesting, but its surroundings are truly enchanting. Such as this little pond with a waterfall and a little shrine… lovely, and so peaceful ! Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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One of Izumo’s most famous landmarks, this rock located on Inasa beach is deeply anchored in Japanese mythology. It is said that once a year all the 8 million Gods of Japan gather in Izumo Taisha, and arrive through this very beach… Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f2.8

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