Japan Travel Photography: From Fukui to Gifu

I am lucky enough to have monthly assignments with a Tokyo based client that works closely with some of Japan’s biggest inbound tourism and travel companies. This means I often get the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the country photographing a variety of things including local cuisines, local industries, historic sites and of course popular tourist destinations. In many ways this has been my dream job for a long, long time.

I am extremely grateful to have such interesting, fun and inspiring work assignments on a regular basis. On each and every trip I learn something new about the rich culture of my adopted home, the language and the deep history of the various areas that make up Japan. I also get to see some amazing places that I wouldn’t have the faintest idea about otherwise.

I have decided to start posting my top five favourite images from each of these assignments here on my website to show you what kind of work I am doing and also to hopefully inspire others to get out and explore this wonderful country.

This time my trip started in Fukui prefecture which is located in the Chubu region of Japan, and finished in the neighboring prefecture of Gifu. It was a busy assignment shooting lots of shops, local foods and ryokan. I also visited some amazing little towns tucked away among the rugged mountainside. Here are my top five images from the trip. To see some other images from this assignment don’t forget to follow my Instagram! Thanks!

  1. Katsuyama Castle through a field of rice seedlings
  2. Scene from the Akari Matsuri in the town of Katsuyama
  3. The four stages of making a “Geta” sandal, at a small geta workshop in Gifu
  4. The rugged cliff-faces of Tojinbo
  5. Bonsai Tree from a specialist seller in the town of Mikuni
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