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Takashi Karaki@karakky0918

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Karaki returned to his native Tottori Prefecture 15 years ago. While working as a landscape photographer, he has also engaged in local revitalization efforts through his photography. His efforts in Tottori Prefecture have been highly regarded, with consulting engagements coming from more than 10 local governments across the country to date. Karaki's work was selected as among the 10 Viral Photographs of Tokyo Camera Club in 2013, and in recent years, he has written feature articles for Asahi Camera, managed public relations for JR West, and acted as main cameraman for the 2018 Sanin DC. In August, he published his second photo book, entitled "24 Hours". In September, he will be holding a solo exhibition at the Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography.
(10 Viral Photographer of Tokyo Camera Club)
camera:EOS R、EOS 5Ds R、EOS 5D Mark IV

Photo Spots in Kobe

Ritsuun Gorge

Photographer:
Takashi Karaki
Address:Wadayamacho Takeda, Asago, Hyogo 669-5252, Japan

EOS 5Ds R EF24-70mm F2.8L II USM 132sec F14.0 ISO100

Known as the castle in the sky, the famous Takeda Castle Ruins viewed from Ritsuun Gorge across the sea of clouds looks absolutely gorgeous. If you could reach there before daybreak, you'll be able to see the beautiful collaboration of the dawning sky and the lit-up ruins. Note that it'll take about 30 minutes of hiking to the observation deck. But it is well worth it, so do visit the spot during the Rugby World Cup 2019(TM) games!

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Route to RWC2019 Kobe Venue

Photo Spots in Kobe

Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway

Photographer:
Takashi Karaki
Address:1-chōme-4-3 Kitanochō, Chūō-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken 650-0002, Japan

EOS 5Ds R EF16-35mm F2.8L III USM 1/125sec F4.0 ISO100

The ropeway to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden offers a 10-minute exquisite aerial journey. While ascending 400m (1,312ft) on the 1,460m (4,790ft) long ride, you can enjoy the seasonal landscape as well as the panoramic cityscapes of Kobe and Keihanshin (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) metropolitan region. Hope you enjoy the Rugby World Cup games and beautiful scenery!

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Route to RWC2019 Kobe Venue

Photo Spots in Kobe

Meriken Park

Photographer:
Takashi Karaki
Address:5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture 650-0042

EOS R RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM 1/250sec F7.1 ISO200

The “BE KOBE” monument built on a corner of Meriken Wharf is now surging in popularity as an instagrammable spot.

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Route to RWC2019 Kobe Venue

Photo Spots in Kobe

Rokko-Shidare Observatory

Photographer:
Takashi Karaki
Address:Gosukeyama-1877 Rokkōsanchō, Nada-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken 657-0101, Japan

EOS R RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM 2.5sec F4.0 ISO800

This signature spot in Rokko Garden Terrace is renowned for its lightscape. There is a distinctive theme for each of the four seasons, and you can enjoy various colors and seasonal lightings. The place was enveloped by fog that day, which helped me capture this mystical moment.

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Route to RWC2019 Kobe Venue

Photo Spots in Kobe

Mt. Maya Kikuseidai

Photographer:
Takashi Karaki
Address:2-2 Mayasanchō, Nada-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken 657-0105, Japan

EOS R RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM 2.5sec F5.6 ISO800

This top sightseeing spot offers a perfect panoramic view of Kobe whose nightscape is acknowledged as one of Japan’s top three night views. From here, you can enjoy a thorough view of Kobe as well as the urban area of Osaka. You can also capture light trails of airplanes taking off from Kobe Airport lying straight ahead.

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Route to RWC2019 Kobe Venue

Photo Spots in Kobe

Nunobiki Waterfalls

Photographer:
Takashi Karaki
Address:Nunobikiyūenchi-45 Fukiaichō, Chūō-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken 651-0058, Japan

EOS 5Ds R EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM 0.6sec F22.0 ISO100

This hidden oasis exists in the Yamanote area of a metropolis Kobe. Only a few kilometers away from downtown Kobe, you'll find a place surrounded by gentle voices of nature with no disturbing noise. In portrait mode, you'll see it’s a two-tiered waterfall.

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Route to RWC2019 Kobe Venue