Hironobu Matsuoka


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Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer

Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc.

“I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi.”

‘Healing Japan TV’ – Traveling virtually around the country through ‘healing videos’.


write up by Hironobu Matsuoka

Available Write Up: 128

2015.11.24 Yamaguchi

Chomonkyo Gorge: A Delightful, Easy Walk, Great for Forest-Bathing!

Surrounded by deep forest, Chomonkyo Gorge comprises of a clear stream, monoliths and strangely shaped stones all in perfect harmony.

2015.11.20 Yamaguchi

Kasayama: Enter the Crater of the Smallest Volcano in the Orient?!

At a height of just 112m, Kasayama, which is located in northern Yamaguchi prefecture, is often called "the smallest volcano in the Orient".

2015.11.14 Yamaguchi

Jakuchi Gorge & Goryu Falls: A Healing Trek & Tour of 5 Waterfalls!

Jakuchi Gorge is being carved by Jakuchi River, the source of which is at Yamaguchi prefecture's highest peak, Mt. Jakuchi (1337m above sea level).

2015.11.3 Okayama

Iwai Falls: A Waterfall You Can Admire from Inside !

Located in the northernmost part of Okayama prefecture, Iwai Falls can be admired from the inside.

2015.11.2 Yamaguchi

A Trip Around Susa Bay – Part 2 – The Beautiful “Matsushima of the West” !

Continuing our trip around the picturesque Susa Bay, we tour the areas fabulous observation decks.

2015.10.27 Okayama

Rashomon : Enormous Arches Created in Ancient Times by the Collapse of a Cave!

Located at the Kusama plateau in western Okayama prefecture, Rashomon is a place where in ancient times the ceiling of an enormous cave collapsed and formed natural bridges.

2015.10.21 Hiroshima

Taishakukyo Valley Walking Course – Part 2 – Hakuun Cave!

Today, in Part 2 of our Taishakukyo Valley Walking Course, I will be introducing a limestone cave.

2015.10.14 Hiroshima

Beautiful Terraced Paddy Fields an hour from Hiroshima City!

Located about an hour’s drive from central Hiroshima city, as you exit a narrow tunnel, suddenly the view opens up to reveal beautiful terraced paddy fields.

2015.9.23 Okayama

Four of Japan’s Top 100 Terraced Rice Paddies: Part 2 – Ohaganishi & Koyama.

Our tour around the beautiful scenery of Okayama prefecture and the Kume district's terraced rice paddies continues.

2015.9.22 Okayama

Four of Japan’s Top 100 Terraced Rice Paddies: Part 1 – Kitasho & Kamimomi.

Located almost smack in the middle of Okayama prefecture, the Kume district is one of the Setouchi area's great rice cultivating areas!

2015.9.13 Gourmet Yamaguchi

Hana no Umi : Vast Flower Fields Where Visitors Can Also Harvest Fruit & Vegetables!

This is Hana no Umi, located in Sanyo-Onoda city, Yamaguchi prefecture.

2015.9.9 Hiroshima

Famous Flower Park with Full Outdoor Facilities & Easy Access from the Chugoku Yamanami Highway!

A vast flower field with different flowers in full bloom every season, Bihoku National Hillside Park is located in Shobara city, Hiroshima prefecture.

2015.7.23 Kagawa

Flower Park Urashima: Admire a Sea of Marguerites Backdropped by Seto Inland Sea Islands!

How about admiring a sea of marguerites together with islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea?

2015.6.25 Yamaguchi

Terraced Rice Fields with Beautiful Sunset Views & Fishing Fires!

Located by the shore of the Sea of Japan in northeastern Yamaguchi prefecture, Higashi Ushirobata's rice terraces are among the top 100 rice fields of Japan!

2015.6.14 Yamaguchi

Kintai Bridge & Iwakuni Castle Represent the Chugoku Region!

Spanning the Nishiki River that flows through Iwakuni city, the wooden arched Kintai Bridge is one of the Three Most Famous Bridges in Japan.

2015.6.13 Okayama

Daigozakura: A 1000-Year-Old Cherry Tree!

Said to be over a 1000 years old, Daigozakura is an enormous, hugely impressive cherry tree that stands alone on top of a hill in the midst of a tranquil mountainside area. It has even been selected among Japan's top 100 famous trees, and attracts vast numbers of visitors when in full bloom, which has been around April 10th in previous years.

2015.6.10 Gourmet Hyogo

Roadside Station Awaji: Enjoy Awaji Gourmet with Great Views of Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge!

Roadside Station Awaji is located near the northernmost tip of Awaji Island, at the foot of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge's gigantic pier, and is combined with Kaisen-kan where you can enjoy fresh seafood, Toretore-kan, which offers a wide range of fresh fruit and veg harvested on Awaji Island, and the restaurant Kaikyo-ro, where you can have both Japanese and Western style dishes while enjoying views of the sea.

2015.6.9 Ehime

Amazing Sight! 20,000 Rapeseed Flowers in Bloom on the Suiha Plateau!

Rapeseed blossom spreading in one direction…

2015.5.28 Hyogo

Awaji Yume Butai : A Maze-Like Resort Complex Designed by Tadao Ando!

Located in the northeast part of Awaji Island, Awaji Yumebutai is a resort complex designed by the world-famous architect, Tadao Ando.

2015.5.19 Okayama

Yatakayama Park: Famous for its Mid-May Azaleas! Enjoy Easy Hiking, Too!

How about enjoying some light hiking while admiring multicolored azaleas at Yatakayama Park near the westernmost tip of Okayama prefecture?

2015.5.19 Hiroshima

Shimanami Highway & Innoshima Island Spring Scenery with Pyrethrum!

Dear readers, Are you familiar with pyrethrum?

2015.5.11 Okayama

Japan’s No.1 Wisteria Festival Featuring Blooms from All Over the Country!

Doesn’t this seemingly endless tunnel of wisteria just make you want to walk under it? This is Fuji Park located in the town of Wake, Okayama prefecture.

2015.5.8 Tokushima

A Hidden Spot! Moss Phlox Blooming Deep in the Mountains at Takagai Stone Bond!!

Did you know that deep in the mountains of Tokushima prefecture there is a place famous for its moss phlox? Located in Misato, Yoshinogawa city, that place is Takagai Stone Bond.

2015.5.1 Hiroshima

Kamu no Sato Rokutan Park: Splendid Views Recommended for Golden Week!

Located in Sera, Hiroshima prefecture, Kamu no Sato Rokutan Park is brimming with moss phlox.

2015.4.4 Ehime

Futami Seaside Park: A Date Spot with Beautiful Sunsets!

Situated in southwest Ehime prefecture, the Futami town area is known for its beautiful sunsets. Attracting numerous visitors year round, from any point along the seashore, you can see the evening sun sinking below the horizon of the Seto Inland Sea.

2015.4.1 Cruise Hyogo

Whirlpool Cruises with an Impact Start at Roadside Station Fukura!

Roadside station Fukura is a leisure complex located in the southern part of Awaji Island, where in addition to taking a cruise to see the whirlpools on a sightseeing boat that looks like a large sailing boat, one can also enjoy Fukura Marché, which offers local ingredients and gourmet, and the traditional Awaji puppet theatre at the Awaji Ningyoza, among other attractions, all of which are a part of the complex.

2015.3.31 Cruise Hyogo

Bus Tour to Awaji to Enjoy a First-rate Lunch Created with Seasonal Ingredients of the Island!

Awaji Yume Butai is a complex of resort facilities located in the northeastern part of Awaji Island.

2015.3.30 Yamaguchi

Tokiwa Park & Ryuozan Park: Recommended Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Southwest Yamaguchi Prefecture!

In southwest Yamaguchi prefecture, there are two locations in particular that stand out for their sakura (cherry blossoms), Tokiwa Park and Ryuozan Park.