Manza Beach Resort

ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort, very nice hotel but understaffed and probably featuring the most expensive combini in Japan!

Ainokura

Set far back in the valley, Ainokura (相倉) is the most remote village in the Gokayama region. It is also the largest of the villages with nearly 20 gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Many of them remain private residences. As it is less developed and harder to get to than Ogimachi, Ainokura is quieter and sees less tourist […]

Kanazawa

Nice pictures from our trip in the Higashi Chaya district of Kanazawa. During the Edo Period, Kanazawa hosted the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa. As a result Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo. Luckily, during WWII, Kanazawa escaped destruction by air […]

Kenrokuen Gardens

The one and only decent shot I could take at Kenrokuen Gardens before a torrential rain hit us.

Kurobe Gorge

Some of the amazing views you will enjoy riding the Kurobe Gorge Railway.

Kurobe Gorge Railway

Originally built to aid the construction of the Kurobe Dam, the Kurobe Gorge Railway operate along a winding 20 kilometer stretch between Unazuki and Keyakidaira Stations. The exciting 80 minute journey leads across more than 20 bridges and through over 40 tunnels, and offers visitors panoramic views of the gorge below. The trains stop at […]

Takayama Panorama

Takayama and the Japanese Alps at dusk.

Matsumoto Castle

HDR photography, when used with parsimony, is a powerful tool to enhance a photo with too strong highlights and too dark shadows. Working with RAW you only need to boost the shadows and decrease the highlights. No need for multiple exposures as long as you’re working with a decent camera.

Takayama Jinya

Beautifully restored Japanese house in Takayama: the Takayama Jinya.

Okinawa Swim

Sometime you have to take some risks for a nice shot: got my 5D wet with seawater for those :D