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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.”
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Famous for being the location of Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro’s duel, Ganryu-jima is a small (deserted) island floating in the Kanmon Straits at Shimonoseki city, Yamaguchi prefecture.
Naruto Park is situated on the Shikoku side (Tokushima prefecture) of the Naruto Strait that separates Awaji Island and Shikoku.
The earth pillars of Awa are a geological formation born around 1.2 million years ago, a period of time hard to comprehend!
This is the Kanmon Straits, Dan-no-Ura, the stage where the last sea battle between the Genji and Heike (Taira) clans was waged.
The shoreline of Yamaguchi prefecture's western area is dotted with famous locations that fit perfectly with the image of "the farthest land".
Washuzan Hill is the perfect spot for close up views of Setouchi Ohashi Bridge.
Kawanoe Castle is the remains of a castle that existed from the Japanese middle ages until the Warring ages.
Mt. Taika is a mountain located 362 meters above sea level on the Oshima peninsula in Shunan city, Yamaguchi prefecture.
Shishimagahara is known as an area related to “Sugawara no Michizane” (the god of scholarship). It is also famous for the first sunrise and the first shrine visit of the New Year.
Ako Misaki is a small peninsula where you can enjoy views of Shodo Island and the Ieshima Islands among others of the Seto Inland Sea.
Kotohiki Park, which has been designated as one of Japan's national scenic spots, is famous for the Zenigata Sunae (sand art in the shape of a coin) that can be seen from the viewing platform on Kotohiki Hill.
With its endless green pine forest and beautiful white sandy beach, Keinomatsubara is one of Japan's most prominent beaches.
Eshima Island, located in Iwaya fishing harbor in the north of Awaji Island, is also known as Onokoro Island.
Matsuyama city's central sights are Matsuyama castle and Dogo Onsen, but if you visit Matsuyama, located in the city outskirts there are two other famous places we will now introduce, and that we would like you to try.
Famous as the district though which Sakamoto Ryoma traveled when leaving the Tosa clan, Ozu city's Kawabe district is situated within a deep secluded mountain valley in the southern part of Ehime prefecture near the border of Kochi prefecture.
Shirataki Park is one of Ehime prefecture's most famous spots for viewing autumn leaves! (It has also been selected as one of Japan's top 100 autumn foliage-viewing locations.)
Kobe is known in Japan as a port city, but did you know that there is a hiking spot where you can take in a waterfall tour within minutes of the city?
In addition to Ohama Beach and Ebisu Cave (previously introduced), there is another superb sightseeing spot by the sea in Minami (previously called Hiwasa) in the southern part of Tokushima prefecture.
Minami (previously Hiwasa), a town at the southern part of Tokushima prefecture, is where Ohama beach is located.
Located in the Suma district of Kobe city, Sumaurasanjō Yūen is a park spread over two mountaintops, Mt. Hachibuse and Mt. Hatafuri.
Located in a prefectural Natural Park in Maniwa, northwest Okayama, the 110m high, 20m wide ‘Kanba no Taki’ waterfall is the biggest in west Japan.
Located south of Mt. Tsurugi, Kōnosekyō canyon is so famous for its beautiful autumn colors that it has been chosen as one of the top “100 best places in Japan to see autumn colors”.
Part of “Setonaikai National Park”, Tsuda no Matsubara is a beautiful white sand beach from where you can look out over the Setouchi islands and see impressive ancient pine trees (over 600 years old).
Known as the “western gateway to Shikoku”, Yawatahama (Ehime) is a ‘natural harbor’ port town that has flourished since ancient times due to its fishing industry, and is still home to the largest fish market in Shikoku!
In Okayama by the Inland Sea, there is a spot where oddly shaped rocks, such as the one in the image below, can be seen!
The Kanmon Straits separate Shimonoseki City (Yamaguchi Prefecture on mainland Honshu) and Moji-ku, Kitakyushu (Fukuoka, Kyushu).
With its steep cliffs and gorgeous island views, Cape Kōmo Misaki is located near the most southerly point of Ehime.
Located on the tip of a panhandle stretching towards Kyushu, the hidden beauty of Cape Sada Misaki is to be found at the most westerly point of Shikoku.