Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his most beautiful pictures of Japan.
"Japan is a country I always wanted to travel to. I wanted to learn more about the culture, visit the ancient temples and see the beautiful cherry blossom first hand. What I encountered over my two week stay blew my expectations away. Japan is the most amazingly beautiful and diverse place, and its people are some of the friendliest I’ve met on all my travels."
"Tokyo was a wild juxtaposition of 1400-year-old temples nestled amongst high-speed lifestyle and bright lights. I then travelled on the infamous bullet train to Mount Fuji which rose majestically through the clouds."
"Next stop: Kyoto – and no amount of time is enough to see everything this beautiful city has to offer. I was lucky enough to be allowed to photograph a Geisha with her beautiful white make-up, elaborate kimono and perfect hair."
"My last day was spent enjoying the cherry blossom festival in Maruyama Park, Kyoto, where seas of pink and white flowers are lit up by ornate street lights and cauldrons of incense infuse the whole park with scent."
"Two weeks was far too short."
Arashiyama bamboo forest
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Asakura temple, Tokyo
A beautiful Japanese geisha
Burning incense at the Kyoto Cherry Blossom festival
Japanese couple praying at Sensō-ji temple, Asakusa
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
Purification water at a temple
Raindrops on cherry blossom
Shrine at Maruyama Park, Kyoto
The carp pond at Asakusa
The Deer God at Nara
The Japanese Bullet trains
The Reiki garden of the Silver Temple, Kyoto
Tokyo from above