Japan

Japan Photo Guidebook

Welcome to the Japan Photo Guidebook. Enjoy exploring the beauty of Japan.

Explore by Prefecture: Aichi • Akita • Aomori • Chiba • Ehime • Fukui • Fukuoka • Fukushima • Gifu • Gunma • Hiroshima • Hokkaido • Hyogo • Ibaraki • Ishikawa • Iwate • Kagawa • Kagoshima • Kanagawa • Kochi • Kumamoto • Kyoto • Mie • Miyagi • Miyazaki • Nagano • Nagasaki • Nara • Niigata • Oita • Okayama • Okinawa • Osaka • Saga • Saitama • Shiga • Shimane • Shizuoka • Tochigi • Tokushima • Tokyo • Tottori • Toyama • Wakayama • Yamaguchi • Yamanashi

Latest From Japan:


A Trip to Biei, Hokkaido with Photographer Courtney Esson

A Trip to Biei, Hokkaido with Photographer Courtney Esson

Biei, Hokkaido yellow house landscape photograph by Courtney Esson
© Courtney Esson 2019

Courtney takes us with her on her trip to Biei, Hokkaido: ”The small town of Biei in Japan’s most Northern main Island, Hokkaido, is filled with picturesque landscapes merely waiting to be captured and explored. It’s winding countryside lanes lie between endless rolling fields where the trees are famous for creating simple compositions. This desolate and timeless canvas is heaven for minimalist winter photography.” (more…)

Mount Fuji from Fujigoko, the Fuji Five Lakes

Mount Fuji from Fujigoko, the Fuji Five Lakes

Mount Fuji from Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan's Fuji Five Lakes
© Courtney Esson 2019

Courtney Esson: ”Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain, dominates the sky at Fujigoko. My gaze couldn’t stop searching for it, as I explored the Northern foot of the hill, its small towns, forests, and lakes. Fuji’s beautifully symmetrical ridge lines lead up to the snow-capped peak, as clear as day on a sunny Winter morning. Strong icy winds rendered my travel-sized tripod useless as I searched for compelling compositions. It drives an array of weather through the countryside, drawn like a magnet to the summit of the mountain. Winter at Fujigoko sees unexpected frequently changing elements. I watched in wonder as, within minutes, bright blue skies became dark, swirling storm clouds engulfing the volcano. My frozen fingers hurriedly worked to accommodate the sudden decrease in light with more prolonged exposure, presuming that once Mount Fuji had completely concealed it was unlikely to reappear again. (more…)

An Evening in Osaka City

An Evening in Osaka City

High Contrast Black and White Osaka, Japan
© Don MacDonell 2019

We arrived in Japan at Osaka airport
and quickly departed for the city
first to check out a few sights
before grabbing a bite
at that popular Kyukatsu place.
With a bit of time to spare
we took a little look around some of the
small back streets.
The signs,
the Japanese script,
the bright lights
and contrast
presented to us
the opportunity to take
my favorite type of photograph.
The high contrast,
black and white photographs.
Setting up a tripod on the spot,
adjusting the settings,
and getting that beautiful
slow motion shot
of the locals strolling by.
Though Satisfied with some
gorgeous photographs,
I eagerly look forward to returning to explore further
the beauty of Osaka City. (more…)