Come visit us with your camera! photogenic spots across Japan

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Japan has various tourist spots. In this article, we will introduce carefully selected sights of Japan that you should visit with your camera.

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Hokkaido/Tohoku area

Otaru (Hokkaido)

Photo by Kaoru Kokago<br>
Photo by Kaoru Kokago

Otaru City, known as Hokkaido's coastal city, is a popular place with many historical buildings and many photogenic spots.

Along the Otaru Canal, which was completed about 100 years ago, stone warehouses are lined up in their original condition, and at dusk, more than 60 gas lamps illuminate the road, creating a romantic atmosphere. We also recommend the Otaru Canal Cruise, where you can see the city from the canal.

Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Matsushima is the collective name for more than 260 islands in and around Matsushima Bay in Miyagi Prefecture, and is also one of Japan's three most scenic spots.

You can enjoy the magnificent view from land, or you can take a pleasure boat and enjoy the spectacular view from the sea. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, so why not take a photo of the spectacular view? There are also buildings in the area that give you a sense of Japanese history.

There are four main spots to view Matsushima, each offering a different view. Among them, Otakamori in the east offers a 360-degree view of Matsushima. You have to walk along the mountain trail for about 20 minutes, but what awaits you at the end is a spectacular view. Please come and visit us.

Kanto area

Shibuya Scramble Square (Tokyo)

Photo by Masamune Toyoda<br>
Photo by Masamune Toyoda

Shibuya is the epicenter of Japanese youth culture. Shibuya Scramble Square, the tallest building in the Shibuya area, is a multi-purpose skyscraper directly connected to Shibuya Station.

Shibuya Scramble Square is gaining attention as a photogenic spot. That is the observation deck "SHIBUYA SKY" on the rooftop. You can enjoy a 360 degree view of Shibuya from 229m above ground.

For safety reasons, you are not allowed to carry any baggage other than cameras with neck straps or pocket-sized cameras or smartphones, and please note that tripods, selfie sticks, etc. must be left in the lockers on the 46th floor. is.

Sensoji Temple (Tokyo)

Photo by Yutaka Domon<br>
Photo by Yutaka Domon

Although Sensoji Temple is located in Tokyo, it is a place where many people from Japan and abroad gather as a place where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese scenery.

Once you pass through the impressive red Kaminarimon Gate, you will find Nakamise Shopping Street, one of Japan's oldest shopping streets, heading toward Sensoji Temple. Many people enjoy eating the Japanese sweets sold there and buying souvenirs.

It's crowded with people during the day, so if you want to relax and enjoy the scenery or take photos, it's best to come early in the morning before the shops in the shopping district open or in the evening after they close. Sho.

Tokyo Tower (Tokyo)

Photo by gina<br>
Photo by gina

Tokyo Tower, a comprehensive radio tower completed in 1958, is 333 meters high and was the world's tallest tower at the time. From that time until the present day, Tokyo Tower has long been a symbol of Tokyo and has been loved by Japanese people, and its red and white colors often appear against the blue sky.

From Shiba Park near Tokyo Tower, you can see Tokyo Tower up close along with Tokyo's buildings. We also recommend climbing up to the observation deck, where you can get a panoramic view of the Tokyo skyline.

Tokyo Skytree (Tokyo)

Photo by Kaoru Kokago<br>
Photo by Kaoru Kokago

There are other famous towers in Tokyo. The Sky Tree, completed in 2012, is the world's tallest tower at 634 meters, making it the third tallest building in the world.

Tokyo Skytree was built because as many skyscrapers were built in Tokyo, it became difficult to receive radio waves at the height of Tokyo Tower, which we introduced earlier.

If you look down on the city of Tokyo from the observation deck, you will be able to experience the overwhelming height that makes everything look like a miniature, and the view will spread out as if you were overlooking all of Tokyo.

Tokyo Disney Resort (Chiba Prefecture)

Photo by Shohei Haino<br>
Photo by Shohei Haino

Japan's most famous theme park is Tokyo Disney Resort. It consists of Tokyo Disneyland, the first Disney park outside the United States, and Tokyo DisneySea, the only ocean-themed Disney park in the world.

In addition to riding the attractions, there are many photogenic spots within the park, so finding your favorite spot will be fun. If you look closely, you can see that there are detailed mechanisms and performances.

Yokohama Minatomirai (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Yokohama Minato Mirai, the center of the port city of Yokohama and an essential sightseeing spot when sightseeing in Yokohama, is a spot with a variety of attractions.

Among them, "Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse" is a place with a history of over 100 years. The newly reborn Red Brick Warehouse underwent a large-scale renovation in 2022, and the building houses a shop that sells miscellaneous goods and souvenirs, a cafe, and a restaurant.You can actually go inside the warehouse and enjoy it. I can.

It is also very photogenic, and many people enjoy taking photos here.

Shonan/Enoshima (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Enoshima is a small island on the Shonan coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, and can be reached from the mainland by crossing a 389m bridge. On clear days, you can even see Mt. Fuji, making it a popular photo spot.

Once you set foot on the island, you will find a retro shopping street leading up to Eshima Shrine, which is crowded with many tourists.

Additionally, Chigogafuchi in the southwest of the island is a spectacular spot where you can see the sunset and Mt. Fuji at the same time if the weather is nice.

Tokai area

Ghibli Park (Aichi Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke... Studio Ghibli works have produced many masterpiece animation films and have fans all over the world. Ghibli Park in Aichi Prefecture is a theme park that has made this worldview a reality.

Ghibli Park is made up of five areas, and each area has a different theme and anime, and there are countless photo spots. Among them, the ``Ghibli Warehouse'' has a spot where you can take pictures pretending to be the characters in the movie, and if you are a Ghibli fan, you will be so excited that you won't be able to stop taking pictures.

Admission tickets for each area must be purchased in advance, and they may be sold out at the last minute and may not be available, so please purchase with plenty of time to spare.

Ise Shima (Mie Prefecture)

The Ise/Shima area of ​​Mie Prefecture has many tourist spots and is a treasure trove of spectacular views.

Ise-Shima is famous for Ise Jingu, one of the most prestigious shrines in Japan. It is a place so important to Japanese people that it has long been said that you should visit Ise at least once in your life. It is also famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring and the beautiful autumn leaves. Oharaimachi, which is right next door, has a retro-style townscape that recreates old buildings and is a photogenic scenery.

The area is also full of photo-taking spots, such as Shima Mediterranean Village, which has a Spanish-like atmosphere, and Ise-Shima Skyline, which offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Ise Bay.

Shirakawa-go (Gifu Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Shirakawa-go, located in Gifu Prefecture, is a registered World Heritage Site and is dotted with houses with steeply sloping roofs called ``Gassho-zukuri'', and many people from all over the world come to see this unique architectural style. of people visit.

People still live here today, and it is also a place where you can experience the original scenery of Japan.

The scenery is different depending on the season, so many people are captivated by the scenery, which they never get tired of no matter how many times they visit.

Mt. Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture/Yamanashi Prefecture)

Photo by masa<br>
Photo by masa

Mount Fuji, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, is the highest mountain in Japan at an altitude of 3776.12 m. It is featured on Japanese banknotes, and its beautiful shape attracts not only Japanese people but also people from all over the world.

The five lakes located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Saiko, Lake Shoji, Lake Motosu, and Lake Yamanaka, are collectively called the "Fuji Five Lakes." All five lakes are registered as World Heritage Sites, and with Mt. Fuji in the background. It is a popular photography spot where you can take beautiful photos.

Hokuriku area

Higashi Chaya District (Ishikawa Prefecture)

Higashi Chaya District is a tourist destination that represents Kanazawa, with traditional buildings lining both sides of the stone pavement, formal restaurants, stylish cafes, and shops selling traditional crafts.

You can also rent a kimono and walk around the town, making it a great place to take typical Japanese photos.

If you're just walking around the city, you can get around it in about an hour, so it's a recommended place to stop by if you have time in Kanazawa.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)

Photo by Yukari Hoshiba<br>
Photo by Yukari Hoshiba

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, a famous contemporary art museum in Japan, has become a hot topic on social media for its ability to take stylish photos.

It also has restaurants and shops, so it's a good idea to make sure you have enough time to wander around slowly.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is famous for Leandro Erlich's ``Swimming Pool,'' but this is the only place that requires a reservation, so please make a reservation in advance from the website before visiting.

Kenrokuen (Ishikawa Prefecture)

Photo by Ayaka Henmi<br>
Photo by Ayaka Henmi

Kenrokuen, located in Kanazawa City, is one of Japan's top three gardens, and its origins date back more than 340 years.

The vast grounds are home to a variety of spots, including ponds, bridges, tea rooms, magnificent pine trees, and rocky mountains, and the scenery changes depending on the time of year you visit: cherry blossoms in the spring, greenery in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy scenery in the winter. It is a place that can be enjoyed throughout the year as it changes.

Fugan Canal Kansui Park (Toyama Prefecture)

Fugan Canal Kansui Park, located about a 10-minute walk from JR Toyama Station, is a spot filled with nature and a calm atmosphere that makes it hard to believe that it is located in the middle of the city.

The Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art, which claims to be "the world's first art museum that connects art and design," offers a view of the Tateyama Mountain Range from its rooftop, and the Starbucks Coffee Toyama Kansui Park Store, which was chosen as having the best view in the world. There are many photogenic spots, such as the sightseeing boat ``Fuiwa Water Line'' where you can enjoy cruising the Fuiwa Canal.

Please stop by when you have free time before the Shinkansen or when you have time in Toyama.

Kansai area

Kinkakuji (Kyoto Prefecture)

Photo by HiroSEA<br>
Photo by HiroSEA

Kinkaku-ji, as the name suggests, is famous for its luxurious golden buildings, and its official name is Rokuon-ji.

If you take a photo of the Kinkaku from across the pond, you can get a beautiful view of the reflection of the building in the pond. We especially recommend visiting during the fall foliage season and the winter snowfall season, when the scenery becomes even more beautiful.

Arashiyama (Kyoto Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Arashiyama, one of Kyoto's most famous tourist destinations, has many Japanese-style scenery, such as the beautiful scenery seen from the trolley train, temples with Japanese-style gardens, and bamboo forest paths with beautiful green tunnels, making it a treasure trove of photo spots. It's no exaggeration.

Among them, Togetsukyo Bridge, a 155m bridge spanning the Katsura River, is a symbol of Arashiyama and offers a variety of scenery depending on the season, including cherry blossoms, fresh greenery, autumn leaves, and snow. Please feel free to take photos here.

Kibune Shrine (Kyoto Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Kibune Shrine, famous for its beautiful stone steps lined with red lanterns, is one of the top power spots in Kyoto.

It is a popular place to get away from the heat in the summer, with fresh greenery in the spring, autumn leaves in the fall, and beautiful snowy scenery in the winter.

Kibune Shrine is full of scenery that you'll want to take pictures of, but it's also famous for having various blessings such as marriage, so don't forget to visit the shrine.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (Kyoto Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Fushimi Inari Taisha, which has a history of over 1,300 years, is famous for its thousand red torii gates. There are approximately 10,000 torii gates throughout the precincts, and the scenery is spectacular.

At Inari Taisha, foxes are messengers of the gods, and here at Fushimi Inari Taisha there are statues of foxes all over the place as guardians of the gods, so please look for them.

The precincts are very large and there are many things to see, so if you are confident in your physical strength, please take the route up Mt. Inari and enjoy every inch of Fushimi Inari Taisha to the fullest.

Biwako Valley (Shiga Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Biwako Valley is located on a mountain at an altitude of approximately 1,100m overlooking Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.

The ropeway takes you from the parking lot to Biwako Valley, and the spectacular panoramic view below is a must-see.

There are play equipment such as zip lines and athletics, and in winter it becomes a ski resort, so you can enjoy a variety of activities. In particular, the view from ``Biwako Terrace'' is recommended as it offers a panoramic view of Lake Biwa and is the perfect place to take photos.

Nara Park (Nara Prefecture)

Photo by Masashi Nakada<br>
Photo by Masashi Nakada

Nara Park, which has a vast site area of ​​about 660 hectares and is dotted with many world heritage sites and national treasures, is a place that is often mentioned in Japanese elementary school textbooks, and no Japanese person has ever seen it. It's a place I know.

It is also famous for its friendly wild deer, and when you buy deer crackers sold on the roadside, a herd of deer will come close to the surrounding area...!!

While you can learn about Japanese history, you can also take rare photos with wild deer, as well as photos of Japan's historic buildings, Buddhist statues, and the rich natural environment with rare plants. It is also a place I would like to recommend.

Dotonbori (Osaka Prefecture)

Photo by Keiko Kawanami<br>
Photo by Keiko Kawanami

Osaka's representative downtown area, Dotonbori, is lined with many restaurants along the Dotonbori River, and is also known as the ``nation's kitchen'' in Japan. They also sell many of Osaka's most representative foods, such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and skewers.

It is also popular for its flashy giant signboards that photogenic, and the most popular is the Glico signboard with a man raising his hands.

At night, the lights on the signboards all over the town turn on, creating a dazzling and dazzling world, allowing you to take photos of a slightly different side of the city than during the day.

China area

Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture)

Itsukushima, commonly known as Miyajima, has been worshiped as a god since ancient times. Miyajima is home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine, which was built over 1,400 years ago and is said to have been built into the sea to avoid damaging the sacred land of the island.

Miyajima's appearance changes over time, so at high tide you can see a fantastical view that makes you feel like you are floating on the sea, and at low tide you can see the large torii gate that used to be under the sea. You might want to check it out.

Tsunoshima (Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Photo by Mizuka Yamada<br>
Photo by Mizuka Yamada

Surrounded by the beautiful cobalt blue ocean and offering breathtaking views, Tsunoshima is a place you'll want to visit with your camera in hand.

Among them, Tsunoshima Ohashi Bridge, which connects the main island and Tsunoshima, has become a hot topic on social media as a scenic spot where you can feel the beautiful sea and sea breeze. It is also used as a filming location for movies, dramas, and commercials, and its beautiful scenery attracts many tourists.

You can also rent bicycles on Tsunoshima (March to November). How about cycling through the spectacular scenery while feeling the sea breeze?

Tottori Sand Dunes (Tottori Prefecture)

Photo by Yukari Hoshiba<br>
Photo by Yukari Hoshiba

Tottori Sand Dunes, facing the Sea of ​​Japan, is a coastal sand dune that measures 2.4 km from north to south and 16 km from east to west. The sunset, the starry sky, and the snow-covered dunes in winter are especially beautiful, so be sure to time it well and enjoy taking photos.

In addition to snowboarding, there are many other activities such as sandboarding, paragliding, and yoga, so there are many ways to enjoy the park beyond just watching.

However, the Tottori Sand Dunes are very hot in the summer and there is a risk of heat stroke, so please take sufficient precautions such as bringing your own drink with you before visiting.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (Okayama Prefecture)

Photo by Yukari Hoshiba<br>
Photo by Yukari Hoshiba

The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is located in Kurashiki City, located in the southern part of Okayama Prefecture. It has a beautiful quaint townscape and is a place visited by many tourists.

It is also a popular place for Kurashiki-made brands such as Kurashiki denim and masking tape.

There are many cafes and shops that have been renovated from old warehouses and houses, and the scenery is photogenic in a space that harmonizes the "now" and "the past."

Kyushu/Okinawa area

Nakasu food stall (Fukuoka)

When you visit Fukuoka, one thing you should try is street food. In the olden days, there were food stalls everywhere in Japan, but after the war, an order was given to abolish all food stalls for hygiene reasons, and many food stalls all over Japan disappeared. Despite this, thanks to the efforts of local people, there is one street food street that remains in Nakasu, Fukuoka.

The small food stalls and red lanterns lined up are a sight that makes you want to take pictures. Nakasu is a must-see if you want to take pictures of unique Japanese scenery that can only be seen in Fukuoka.

After taking pictures, please enjoy Fukuoka's gourmet food at the food stalls.

Mihama American Village (Okinawa Prefecture)

Photo by Kouki<br>
Photo by Kouki

Mihama American Village in Mihama, Okinawa Prefecture is a resort town with resort hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, restaurants, souvenir shops, and more. It is a popular tourist spot surrounded by the atmosphere of the United States.

The whole town is full of photogenic scenery, and time will pass in the blink of an eye just by looking for photo spots and enjoying them.

Please try searching for your favorite photo spot at Mihama American Village.

Okinawa Memorial National Park Emerald Beach (Okinawa Prefecture)

Emerald Beach, Japan's first artificial beach, is a rare beach located inside a lagoon.

The sea is exceptionally clean, and the pure white sand and beautiful emerald green and cobalt blue sea photogenic. It is divided into three areas, each with a slightly different scenery, so one way to enjoy it is to visit them all.

The facilities are well-equipped, so it is also a spot where you can enjoy the Okinawa sea with peace of mind, even with small children.

Visit Japan with your camera

Do you want to visit Japan with your camera? The scenery in Japan changes depending on the time of year, so even if you've been to Japan once, you're sure to see a completely different scenery than before.

There are still many scenic spots that we could not introduce in this article.

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