Despite getting up at 5:00, an horrendous traffic jam prevented me from reaching the Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri before the crowd and before the clouds : so just a few shots this year…
Omoide Yokocho (memory lane) – also known as Piss Alley – is a small network of alleyways along the tracks of Shinjuku Station. The narrow lanes are filled with dozens of tiny eateries serving ramen, soba, sushi, yakitori… Past heaven for salary men, it now mostly consists of Chinese staff serving food for tourists.
Crazy amount of snow in Shiga-Kogen. Above 1m of snowfall overnight. Had a lot of “fun” digging the car out !
The roof of Meji Jingu in Tokyo: beautiful architecture.
Coming of Age : when Japanese girls turn 20 !
Elaborated architecture and sophisticated roof tiles from the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.
New Year visit to the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko – sadly, the main building was under renovation :(
The lanterns of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.
Freezing my ass with Tokyo Street View to shoot pictures & videos in the middle of a blizzard !
At an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level, the Senjogahara Marshland (戦場ヶ原) covers the plateau between Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto Onsen. Beautiful in Autumn, the marshland also offers a fantastic sight in Winter… but be prepared, it can be extremely cold and windy, like on that day !
With deserted roads, new year is a good opportunity to go for a drive !
Dear Readers, may this coming year bring you happiness, health and wealth !
Back in Jigokudani Monkey Park once more : just 280km away from Tokyo !
The Atomic Bomb Dome memorial in Hiroshima.
Always a moving visit.
A few long exposure shots from Hokkaido, trying to frame the Milky Way and Mt Yotei together.
Lovely little beach near the Cape Shakotan in Hokkaido. Went there twice, once around 06:00 in the morning, and the second time around 16:00. On both occasions kids were swimming.
Cape Kamui on the Shakotan Peninsula in Hokkaido offers an impressive sight. It used to be forbidden to women!
An omnipresent sight in Niseko, the Mount Yōtei !
Our onsen exploration in Niseko continues, this time at the Hotel Kanronomori. One the first shot, you can see what happens to my lens when I enter the bath area.
Excellent sushis from Otaru, Hokkaido.
Lavender, flowers, and tourists – mostly chinese – everywhere at the Tomita Farm in Furano, Hokkaido!
Summer in Hokkaido: this is the first time I see so many dragonflies!
The blue pond near Furano in Hokkaido. The blue color is due to Aluminium.
These were shots at the Saika Farm, a lot more quiet than the Farm Tomita.
Makkari Hot Spring near Rusustsu in Hokkaido offers a beautiful outside bath !
Shiroi Koibito Park in Sapporo, where you can visit a chocolate factory !
Light pollution sometimes produces nice effects – look at these colors !
Niseko offers nice and reasonably priced properties to rent for the summer !
Leaving Aomori towards Hakodate, therefore saying goodbye to Honshu and preparing ourselves to say hello to Hokkaido!