Japan Rail Series: A photography/filmmaking specific travel video series around Japan via JR Pass
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The second episode from my multi-part Japan Rail Series — a visual journey showcasing a variety of destinations during a 21-day rail itinerary across Japan. With an emphasis on capturing photography and video of aesthetic locations during the winter time, this journey aims to inspire people to visit the beautiful urban and rural destinations of Japan!
This second episode in this Japan travel series continues our journey from Sakurambo-Higashine through Ōmiya to Unazuki-Onsen via the Kurobe Gorge and then onto Takayama and Shirakawa-go.
We visited Unazuki-Onsen for the Kurobe Gorge Scenic Railway, however, we accidentally overlooked the operating times of the railway, as it is fully closed during winter. Regardless of the closure, we still had a fantastic time in Unazuki-Onsen, exploring the quiet town and capturing photos of the bridges and mountain viewpoints.
We took a few trains south to Takayama along an insanely scenic and wintry route. The weather wasn’t in our favour, but Takayama still surprised us with its unique character. We felt vibes similar to Kyoto and enjoyed exploring the old town, even if it was miserably wet.
To conclude this episode, we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go. This traditional Japanese village has been preserved in authentic beauty, with quaint stylings such as thatched roof buildings and open natural areas.
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