Japan Travel Photography: Niigata

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 was to the mountainous area of Niigata prefecture. This assignment was full of all sorts of locations including sake breweries, quaint villages, multiple outdoor art installation sites and a lot more. I really enjoy traveling and working in Niigata, it remains one of my favourite areas in Japan. Once again I really struggled to pick just five images from this assignment as I visited so many great locations, here are five of the best though…

Finally, don’t forget to follow my Instagram for more images from this trip and many others! Thanks!

  1. Kiyotsukyo Tunnel, Echigo Tsumari Art Field
  2. Countryside scene of mountains and seedlings in rice-fields
  3. Salmon hung out to dry in the village of Murakami
  4. Terraced rice fields
  5. Sun-rise in the mountains
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