Japan is a country where ancient traditions meet modern innovation, where you can see ornate temples, stunning natural wonders and vibrant cities all in one day. A trip to Japan is truly a once-in-a-lifetime journey, and you will want to remember every single moment. We have found Japan’s most photo-worthy attractions and given you our recommendations for the best Olympus camera equipment you’ll need to help you capture those perfect moments.
Every year tourists flock to Japan for the beginning of cherry blossom season, a widely celebrated occasion. The word hanami describes the activity of viewing the blossoms and picnicking beneath them, a favourite pastime in Japan. And it’s not hard to see why – seeing the blooming pinks, reds and whites is a truly breathtaking experience, and one you will want to remember forever. When planning your trip, you will need to figure out the best time of year to visit (cherry blossom season usually lasts from late March to early May depending on where you go) and also how to best capture those stunning blooms.
We recommend taking Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.Zuiko PRO 12-100mm lens – this interchangeable lens camera kit lets you capture high-quality images with ease. Plus it’s lightweight, compact and has amazing zoom range, making this camera kit the perfect travel companion.
The iconic Mt Fuji is a bucket-list attraction for many visitors to Japan, and one you will need to plan carefully. It’s worth waking up early and getting there before the crowds arrive when visibility is at its best and you can enjoy the serenity of this incredible sight. This enormous active volcano is often obscured by clouds, but you can still get a great shot with Olympus’ M.Zuiko Digital PRO 12-100mm lens – this compact, lightweight lens lets you capture amazing wide-angle photos while also allowing you to zoom in to 200mm (35mm equivalent) to get those great compressed landscape shots. This Olympus camera and lens combo is also completely weatherproof.
A highlight of any traveller’s trip to Japan is a visit to see the adorable deer of Nara. Thought to be the messengers of the gods, deer are allowed to walk freely in Nara Park and have become a symbol of the city. You can even buy crackers to feed these adorable deer, some of which will even bow to you before they eat! The deer are very friendly, but can become a little too cheeky, and will often dig through your belongings looking for treats. Take advantage of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s image stabilisation and fast autofocus to get up close and personal for that perfect shot. For great portraits of these wonderful deer, add on the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 Lens for that beautiful defocused photo.
Kyoto is home to so many incredible natural wonders and has become one of Japan’s most popular destinations. An unmissable sight is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, one of the most photographed sights in the city. Walking through this sprawling grove is like entering another world, and the serenity of this area is something you will want to remember. The towering bamboo means natural lighting through the trees can be quite minimal, so use the super-easy touchscreen on your Olympus camera to help you capture this stunning forest at its best.
Japan is home to countless beautiful temples, and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to incredible sacred sites to visit. One must-see is Kyoto’s Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavillion thanks to its majestic gold-leaf exterior. This magnificent Zen temple is located next to a serene lake and is the perfect photo opportunity for those looking to showcase Japan’s amazing architectural achievements as well as its beautiful natural landscape. With OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and the Oi Share App, you can easily upload your shots straight to social media, so you can share every Instagrammable moment with your friends and family back home.
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