The land of the rising sun

I can think of no other country that impressed me as much as Japan did. When I first visited Japan in the fall of 2015, I felt instantly attracted to its cleanliness and order, and I was humbled by the polite and respectful attitude of its people.

Tokyo and Kyoto are the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and it is not hard to see why. Tokyo is a humongous metropolis with a sprawling population of 14 million people. The sheer magnitude of the city can be a bit overwhelming at first, and its frenetic pace defies description. But that’s Tokyo charm. Equipped with your camera, you’ll find interesting scenes to photograph around every corner.

Kyoto, which you can reach from Tokyo by train in 2,5 hours, is in many ways an antidote to the country’s capital. While the modern Tokyo skyline is dominated by neon-lit highrise, Kyoto oozes history and culture from bygone times. With an endless variety of temples, shrines and gardens, it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Kyoto features many iconic spots that are worth exploring with your camera – provided you are willing to get up early to beat the crowds.

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7 excellent photography locations in Tokyo

Nothing can quite prepare you for the sheer size and dazzling pace of Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolis. Here are seven of my favourite photo spots in the Japanese capital.

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Kyoto photography guide: where to go in autumn

Famous for its 2,000 temples and shrines, Kyoto is particularly beautiful (and crowded) during the autumn season. Discover some of the best spots for photographing autumn foliage in this Japanese city.