2015 Fall Photo Tour of Japan | Around Kanzawa

Feb 13 | Evan | No Comments |

Having spent a lot of time taking photos at one of Japan’s most scenic gardens, Kenrokuen, and then a few day trips to Natadera and Shirakawa-go, we wanted to explore some other places in the city of Kanazawa.  Kanazawa does have many interesting places to visit as a tourist of Japan and for photographers looking to create art in Japan.  Some of my favorite places in Kanazawa are Nagamachi, the old samurai district, Higashi Chaya, the old geisha and teahouse district, Ninjadera, old temple with sneaky passage ways and hidden doors/traps, and the 21st Century Museum.


Let’s start with that last one, the 21st Century Museum which is a modern art museum large enough to spend some time there but not overwhelmingly so.  You can’t take photos of all of the exhibitions and it’s most famous work of art Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool” was under renovation when we went, but still a very interesting and fun place to visit, but this glass hallway was our favorite part (and I would love to have a portrait session here on an overcast day like it was that day, great light)!




The next two works of art were created by and courtesy of Charles Bowers, originally taken as photographs at the 21st Century Art Museum and then digitally painted to create the pieces below.  Be sure to take a look at his site for more fantastic art from his international travels and information about upcoming shows!

Charles Bowers 004 Charles Bowers 005

Another really interesting place is in the Teramachi disctict (temple district) of Kanazawa, Ninjadera, also known as Myoryuji.  It’s important to note a few things about this temple in Kanazawa.  First, you need to make a reservation, which if you can’t speak Japanese, any hotel staff should be able to help with.  Second, you cannot take photos inside, bummer for photographers, I know!  Third, you can only visit on a scheduled tour, don’t be late!  Fourth and final note, the tours are conducted in Japanese but you do get an English binder with most of the tour translated for you.  Even with all of these setbacks, Ninjadera is still very interesting and worth visiting, especially if you have a rainy day or are avoiding the middle of the day harsh light.  You can take photos from the outside, like this one of Mami doing her best ninja impression!


I also mentioned Nagamachi and Higashi Chaya, both well preserved (with modern influences mixed in) older districts that are best explored by foot.  One place I particularly love is the Nomura Samurai Family Residence.  The garden and house is beautiful and photographers can spend lot’s of time here creating art and enjoying the scenery!  A must visit while traveling to Kanazawa and the old samurai district!  I’ve visiting countless temples, shrines, residences and gardens during my travels and tours of Japan, but for some reason, this fountain in the Nomura Samurai Family Residence’s garden is always what comes to mind when I think about a Japanese fountain.  Everyone always seems to take lot’s of photos of it and they always turn out different!


Nomura Samura Residence Japan Photo Guide


This post has images created by and courtesy of Mami Yasui, thank you!

The 2015 Fall Photography Tour of Japan included Tokyo, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Okayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Kyoto!  Interesting in joining your own escorted tour of Japan with Japan Photo Guide?  Contact us to get the planning of your trip to Japan started or join one of the group tours of Japan!