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Nagoya SCMaglev and Railway Park

SCMaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya is one of the three major railway museums in Japan, together with the Saitama Railway Museum and the Kyoto Railway Museum.

Built by the JR Central, the museum is focused on the Shinkansen trains and their predecessors, and it is beautifully presented as “a place to learn how the railway has impacted our society, economy, culture and lifestyle". It’s a great place not only for a train buff, but also for anyone interested in the history of technology…

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Fuji X100
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Focal Length: 19mm
Aperture: F/6.4
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Panoramic night view from Mount Rokko, Kobe
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Panoramic night view from Mount Rokko, Kobe

Panoramic night view from Mount Rokko, Kobe

In Kobe, the Tenran Observatory, built on the top of Mount Rokkō at the height of 900 meters, offers a panoramic view over the city of Kobe. This night view is one of the Three Major Night Views of Japan (Nihon Sandai Yakei) together with the view of Nagasaki from Mount Inasa and the view of Hakodate from Mount Hakodate, a unique experience well worth the visit.

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Nikon Df
Lens: 24-70mm F/2.8G
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ISO Sensitivity: ISO 2500
Uwajima Castle main keep
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Uwajima Castle main keep

Uwajima Castle main keep

The architect of the Uwajima castle was Tōdō Takatora, a daimyō with a great experience in building and repairing castles. His castels were designed to take full advantage of the terrain and in the case of the Uwajima castle the main keep (tenshu) was built on the top of a steep hill, surrounded by tall stone walls.

The keep was built in s style called sotogata, considered to be the invention of Takatora, with the floors having the same shape, but each story being smaller than the one bellow it. It was cheaper and faster to build a castle in this way, and the construction was also more resistant..

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Nikon Df
Lens: 24-70mm F/2.8G
Focal Length: 48mm
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Shutter Speed: 1/648s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 500
Ozu Castle landscape
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Ozu Castle landscape

Ozu Castle landscape

I wrote before about the beautiful landscape surrounding the Ōzu castle. Photographed here is another view of the castle, taken from the train station, with a landscape that seems to be a diorama…

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Nikon D700
Lens: VR 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 300mm
Aperture: F/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/180s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 1000
Sengan-en, Edo period Japanese garden
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Sengan-en, Edo period Japanese garden

Sengan-en, Edo period Japanese garden

Among the most valuable Japanese gardens, the southernmost is Sengan-en, in Kagoshima, a traditional garden made during the Edo period for the residence of the Shimazu clan. Due to the subtropical climate, besides the usual elements Sengan-en also features plants such as palm trees, and several exotic tropical species.

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Lens: 14mm F/2.8D
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Shutter Speed: 1/800s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 800
Niojima Island
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Niojima Island

Niojima Island

Made of sedimentary rocks, the islands of Matsushima Bay were eroded by waves, wind and rain, and thus some of them have been shaped in unusual forms.

In many cases, the locals named them inspired by the shape, and that’s the case of the small island photographed here, called Niojima, because it is said to look like the statue of a Nio guardian, a type of deity often placed at the entrance of a Japanese Buddhist temple.

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Nikon D700
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D
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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari castle reflection
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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari castle reflection

Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari castle...

Surrounded on all sides by wide moats filled with water, the Imabari castle offers an astonishing view, especially on a windless day, when the reflections on the water are almost perfect… Simply beautiful!

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Maruoka Castle Park, one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots
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Maruoka Castle Park, one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots

Maruoka Castle Park, one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry...

The list of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots was compiled by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association, and includes well known places, many of them with historic value, visited during Hanami by large number of people. And of course, all of them have a high density of spectacular sakura cherry trees, as you can see in this photo taken in the Maruoka Castle Park.

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Nikon D90
Lens: 8-16mm F/4.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 16mm
Aperture: F/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/640s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 640
Keifuku, a railway winding between Sakura cherry trees
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Keifuku, a railway winding between Sakura cherry trees