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Kaori Nogami@kimako_

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Nogami lives in Oita Prefecture, and since 2016, she has been primarily sharing photos on social media. She won the “47 Photos of Japan” contest hosted by Asahi Camera and Tokyo Camera Club in 2017 for Kumamoto and in 2018 for Oita. She also won the Visit Japan Photo Contest 2018 hosted by the Japan National Tourism Organization, as well as the Morioka Photo Festival X IGers JP Select. She is currently expanding her work into internet media, photo books, and special features, such as “Sukiccha Oita” and “Irodori OITA” for NHK Oita.
(10 Viral Photographer of Tokyo Camera Club)
camera:EOS 5D Mark III

Photo Spots in Oita

Kannawa Onsen

Photographer:
Kaori Nogami
Address:721 Furomoto, Beppu, Oita 874-0044, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM 1/1250sec F3.5 ISO100

Daikokuya is a therapeutic hot spring inn in Kannawa Onsen, one of the eight renowned hot-springs of Beppu. As you walk up the steaming "Ideyuzaka" slope, you'll find yourself in the nostalgic atmosphere of the hot spring town. There are several facilities where you can enjoy "Jigokumushi", or hell steam cooking. The hot spring's high temperature steam makes every ingredient flavorful in a short time, while the natural minerals work as nice seasoning.

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Photo Spots in Oita

Bungo-Nakagawa Station

Photographer:
Kaori Nogami
Address:1978 Amagasemachi Gōta, Hita-shi, Ōita-ken 879-4122, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM 1/200sec F5.0 ISO100

At the time of cherry blossoms around March end, you can photograph trains passing through the cherry blossom arch. As there are few trains on the Kyūdai Main Line, morning time is recommended if you want to take a photograph of a train from the front. It is a popular spot for photographers during peak cherry blossom season. Near by is Amagase Hot Spring, where you can enjoy an outdoor bath along the river.

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Photo Spots in Oita

Matama Beach

Photographer:
Kaori Nogami
Address:5125 Usuno, Bungotakada-shi, Ōita-ken 872-1107, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/320sec F10.0 ISO100

The sunset at Matama Beach is one of the top 100 sunsets in Japan. As the tide ebbs, a striped tideland appears, and its contrast with the sunset colors is beautiful. Even after the sun sets, purple and pink stripes color the sky, and many tourists visit to take in and photograph this scene.

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Photo Spots in Oita

Usa-jingu Shrine

Photographer:
Kaori Nogami
Address:51 Minamiusa, Usa-shi, Ōita-ken 872-0102, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 11sec F11.0 ISO50

Usa Jingu—one of the three major Hachimangu Shrines in Japan—is the main shrine of over 40,000 branch Hanchimangu shrines nationwide. The main shrine is on a small hill; the grounds of the shrine are designated as a national historic site; and the main shrine is a national treasure. The photograph is of the fireworks at the summer festival, Go Shinkosai (a festival celebrating the transfer of a devine spirit away from its main shrine), held in July, at the south middle tower gate of the main shrine. There are nearly 150 celebrations throughout the year, and many people come for worship.

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Photo Spots in Oita

Ameushi Falls

Photographer:
Kaori Nogami
Address:334 Kariono, Taketa-shi, Ōita-ken 878-0164, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/80sec F4.0 ISO125

Ameushi Falls is a waterfall with a drop of about 25 meters. The water flows vigorously, making it a healing spot of negative ions. If you visit in the morning—when light enters the waterfall—you can see a rainbow over the waterfall. It is about a 5–10 minute walk from the parking lot to the waterfall; nevertheless, since it is a valley, we recommend wearing sneakers.

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Nanatsumori Kofungun

Photographer:
Kaori Nogami
Address:244-6 Toue, Taketa-shi, Ōita-ken 879-6183, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/40sec F2.8 ISO100

Here, 200 thousand red spider lilies are blooming colorfully on the 20-acre ground. Bloom time is around mid-September. Early in the morning, if you are lucky, you can take photographs in the morning mist. The lillies get get drenched in night dew or morning mist and become bright red in color; you can enjoy the fantastical appearance of blooms with light filtering through the trees even during the day.

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