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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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Featuring the largest river basin area within Shikoku, the class A Yoshino River flows from West to East through Tokushima prefecture.
During the Edo period, ‘sand drying’ fields were developed along the beaches of the Kojima district of Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, which led to the area prospering in the salt industry.
Winter is the best time for catching octopi in Shimotsui, which is located in the southern part of Okayama prefecture at the foot of Great Seto Bridge.
Well known as one of the locations where a famous Japanese historical play, Chushingura takes place, Ako Castle ruins are located in the southwestern part of Hyogo prefecture.
Located in southeastern Okayama prefecture, Mt. Yudachiuke is 210 meters above sea level.
One of Japan’s 12 surviving castle keeps that were constructed before the Edo period, Matsuyama Castle is situated right in the center of Matsuyama city.
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”.