Dans cet article, je vous fait grâce de mes 10 meilleurs endroits à Nikko pour prendre des photos de voyage. C’est également un top 10 idéal pour sortir des sentiers battus et s’assurer d’un séjour remarquable, en dehors de Tokyo.
L’été arrive à grand pas et encore cette année, la saison touristique amènera des milliers, voir millions, de voyageurs dans les rues et sites populaires de Nikko. Une destination Japonaise reconnu pour ses Temples et ses Sanctuaires.
Pendant que la majorité des voyageurs suivront pas à pas l’itinéraire “normal”, qui couvre grosso-modo le site de l’UNESCO et une virée jusqu’au Lac Chuzenji, je veux offrir à ceux qui préfère l’originalité à la banalité, une liste de mes meilleurs endroits à Nikko.
Veuillez noter qu’il est très difficile, voir infaisable de visiter ces 10 meilleurs endroits à Nikko en une seule journée.
Le balcon caché d'Hangetsuyama
Pour accéder à la plateforme, il faut prendre le sentier qui commence dans le coins droit du stationnement. Calculez environ 15-20 minutes de marche. Le sentier est bien indiqué et facile à marcher.
Ceux et celles qui iront au Lac Chuzenji en voiture pourront faire un arrêt à cet endroit qui donne un point de vue intéressant sur Nikko.
Le sommet du Mont Nantai
Pour faire l'ascension du Mont Nantai il faut premièrement s'enrégistrer au Sanctuaire Futarasan situé à la base de la montagne. Il y a des frais de 500yen. Calculé environ 3-4 heures pour faire l'ascension. C'est une "hike" assez difficile et très abrupte. Une bonne paire de bottes et des bâtons de marche sont recommandés.
If you've been following me on Youtube, you know that I've spent the last couple of weeks chasing trains, yes I've become a Densha Otaku!!!
In this blog post, I want to share with you three great photography spots I found in the Nikko area.
The JR Station Bridge
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In Nikko, there are two train stations, the Tobu Station and the JR Station. Both are located next to each other, but at the Nikko JR Station, there is a passage that let you cross the train tracks, From there you can get excellent picture opportunities with a beautiful landscape background.
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There is a quiet and pretty park between the famous Nikko Cedar Avenue and the Tobu Line tracks. I like this spot because you get to watch a lot of trains, and it is easily accessible.
Yunishigawa Onsen or Akayuo Bridge
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This place is by far my favorite spot to shoot trains in Nikko.
It is quite far from the main touristic area of Nikko, but easily accessible by train (45 min). Get to Yunishigawa Onsen station, and from there you'll see a bridge that crosses the river. You can't miss it!
That's it for my first 3 best trainspotting spot in Nikko. I will be posting new areas eventually. Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and my Instagram account for fresh stuff about photography in Japan.
Nantai san or Mount Nantai is Nikko most famous mountain and it stands at 2,486 m high. The trail to reach the summit is one of the Japanese most favorite even though it is well known to be difficult and steep.
Mount Nantai is a sacred mountain owned by Futarasan Shrine's Chūgushi. The path is open between 5 May and 25 October, and there is a 500¥ fee to climb the mountain.
Last year I reached the summit twice, and I am already getting ready to climb the mountain one more time, once the trail opens. If you are into landscape photography, I truly recommend this hot spot in Nikko! It's fantastic!
If you want to know more about hiking Nantai San, there is plenty of useful blogs which give valuable information on how to get there, what is the best time to climb the mountain, how you should prepare, etc. Do your research! Please, note that you can also contact me by PM and it will be a pleasure to answer your questions from my experiences.
Here's a few images I took last year during my photo excursion to Nantai San's summit in Nikko.
April 17, a date to look for if ever you are planning a trip to Japan next year. There is a Festival in Nikko which celebrate the arrival of Springs. It is a 1200-year-old event called Yayoisai, and it is one of those events you don't want to miss if ever you are in the area. This year was my second time attending the matsuri, and I thought I could share some tricks to photograph the event! Enjoy!
It is a popular event, so expect a lot of people and a lot of photography enthusiast! Try to find yourself a right spot early enough to capture the ascension to Futarasan Jinja.
Most of the participant will not mind if you take their portrait. Just be kind to them!
Everyone who's visited Nikko in Japan knows that it is a fantastic destination. Of course, the World Heritage Area is one of those places you can't miss, but the fact that most of the travelers do not know about Senjogahara, Hangetsuyama, Suginamiki, Kirifuri, Kinugawa, etc., is fascinating me.
When we decided to move to Japan, I knew from the beginning that I would be offering photo excursion in Nikko. It was clear in my mind that I would have to share my knowledge of the area and help travelers to get the best out of their trip. I needed to show them those other places outside Toshogu!
I've been guiding photography excursion for about a year now, and today I am sharing six things I have learned since it all started.
I participated in a Japanese photo contest and got selected as the winner of a category. I felt like I was in 1996 and I loved it.
My experience in Japan dates back to 2006, and over time, my observations often make me think of certain sections of a novel written by Amélie Nothomb. It makes me laugh.
Here, photography is serious and official. It's well known, in Japan everything has to be done the right way. Stupidity and jokes are only good for the television show, the rest needs to be nice and clean, but also well done and within the rule.
If you've been following me on any social media, you know that I live in a small town called Nikko. A fantastic and beautiful area of Japan where millions of tourist come every year to visit a unique and spiritual area registered as a World Heritage but also for its outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, skiing and more. All this together makes Nikko a remarkable destination for photo enthusiast and for that reason, the city created an annual photo contest.
The first thing I found cool, was the method used to send your subscription; A4 prints. I drove to the local photo lab in Imaichi and got five different prints. I am one of those who thinks we don't print enough pictures, so I was ok with that. Everyone is carrying thousands of photo in their cell phone neglecting that if they drop their device in the toilet, everything will disappear. I also found that submitting a printed picture to a photo contest was straight forward and logic. I'd rather have the judge look at a print of my artwork instead of looking at the photo from a screen.
A few weeks passed when I received an email announcing I was the winner of a category. Great! Then they asked me to send the digital file in full resolution, on a CD-R! Lol! I thought they were kidding when they said CD-R...
It was not a joke; we're not on TV here...
Honestly, I do not remember the last computer I had who reads CD (I'm a MAC guy). In 2019, asking for a CD-R is almost like buying the latest Bruno Mars album on tape. The only thing I could do was using my "gaijin card" (a non-written rule that stipulates you can do what you want when you are a foreigner living in Japan) and send the picture on a USB key without asking if it was right or not. The reason why they wanted a CD-R was for their archives. Of course, they gave me a call once they realize I didn't send a CD-R, but I offered them to keep the USB key, and they accepted the deal.
Gary Vee would have been proud of me!
Yes, there was a ceremony where every winning photographer received something which looked like a diploma, an official piece of paper confirming who won in which category. This contest is true as f*ck! I appreciated this part the most, even more than the 30 000¥ I got for my picture. Just so you know, for this Japanese Photo Contest I had to send a printed subscription in person to the City Hall, then send a CD-R for their archive, but my 300$ price was deposit directly in my bank account... Giving us a cheque instead would have been more appropriate right?
All the winning pictures will be exhibited in Nikko next July. I am pleased with my first experience in a Japanese photo contest. I felt like it was very official, a lot more serious than most of the contest you find online right now.
I'll write another post once I have more information about the photo exhibition in Nikko.
Thanks for reading.
Nikko is an Ice Hockey town and this weekend was the Great Skate Tournament at the Hosoo skate rink. One of my son's friend plays in a team which was playing at the tournament, so we decided to have a look at the event.
I found this car/pick-up last week in Imaichi. I have no clue what model it is, but I want one. Yeah, I want one.
In Japan, if you own a restaurant and somehow manage to get on TV or get excellent comments on blogs by a reviewer, there is a lot of chances that your business explode. That's what happened to my favorite restaurant in Chuzenji. A six places counter restaurant which serves the best "sauce katsu" in the world at a ridiculous price. Today I went there and decided to drive further to get some shot of the last snow in Oku-Nikko. Here are the pictures.
* If you want to know more about the restaurant, drop me a line in the comment...
Cliquer Last year we had a blast hitting the slopes (sliding) of Yumoto ski center with the kids and decided to go back this year before the snow is gone.
Yumoto ski center isn't a destination you put on your list if you come to Japan for skiing, but it is a fun place for us who lives only a few minutes away. Here are a few pictures from today: pour modifier.