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5 Photogenic Spots In Japan, According To SweetEscape Founder David Soong

With its subtropical beaches, soothing hot springs, and an array of world-class food options, no wonder Japan is Filipinos' go-to destination for quick escapes. What a waste it would be if you find yourself in such a beautiful place and not maximize the opportunity to take home with you stunning photographs to remind you of this trip.

This is where SweetEscape enters the picture. As an online platform and app that connects travelers with 2000+ local photographers, SweetEscape’s mission is to capture precious moments, anywhere in the world. Established by David Soong in Indonesia two years ago, the company has acquired tens of thousands of users, with Philippines as the second biggest market. With this, SweetEscape made it their goal to grow their market here, and has now officially landed in the country.


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SweetEscape founder David Soong



Now, if you're getting ready to travel to Japan for a family holiday, honeymoon, or pre-nup, these five spots, according to David, might just be what you're looking for. Check them out below!


1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden & Arisugawa Park, Tokyo

Who said you can't have a little taste of England and France in Tokyo? Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden has English Landscape and French Formal gardens as well as a Japanese Traditional garden with teahouse. There's also a lovely Taiwan Pavilion! If you're in the mood for something quieter, Arisugawa Park could be what you're looking for. With its hills, valleys, and ponds, this place is an elegant Japanese garden with respect for natural beauty.


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2. Nara Park & Osaka Castle, Osaka

Head over to the famous Nara Park for a unique photobomber: deer. The park is home to 1,200 freely roaming deer, but worry not, they are tame, unless they think you will feed them! It also houses many of Nara's main attractions, including the Nara National Museum. For a more traditional affair, you can go to the majestic Osaka Castle. Arguably the largest and best constructed castle in Japan, the castle also offers fantastic views of the city and is a popular tourist destination in spring for the beautiful cherry blossoms.


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3. Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

The head shrine of the god Inari, Fushimi Inari is a famous Shinto shrine that is located at the base of Mount Inari. Other smaller shrines dot the trail up the mountain past the wooden forest. The iconic vermilion torii gates make an attractive, Instagram-worthy backdrop, which many visitors can’t get enough of.

During winter, Fushimi Inari is usually not as crowded as compared to other seasons. This means that there’s one more reason to visit this unique photo spot and enjoy your photo session to your heart’s content.


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4. Yasaka Shrine

Also known as Gion Shrine, this is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto dated back to more than 1300 years ago. Located between Gion and Higashiyama District, the amazing shrine consists of the main hall as sanctuary and an offering area into one building. There is also a dance stage where hundreds of lanterns are lit in the evenings. Each lantern represents the name of a local business asking for abundance and luck.

Yasaka shrine is especially well-known for its summer festival, but the place is just equally stunning with an aura of tranquility that will highlight your trip with unforgettable winter wonder.


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5. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Another Kyoto’s top photo spot, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a journey back to the nature that will soothe your soul. Amid the soaring stalks of bamboo, this sprawling forest promises you an experience unlike any other place in the country.

For visitors traveling to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest during winter, you are definitely in for a magical treat. The place gets even more amazing with the windy breeze and the sound of rustling bamboo leaves. You’ll be put into the best mood for strolling and photo taking with your loved ones under the green shades of bamboo trees.


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SweetEscape is a photography service that connects its customers with photographers in more than 400 cities around the world. SweetEscape’s mission is to capture precious moments in any part of the world and immortalize them in the best photo quality. Launched in 2016, SweetEscape now has thousands of customers and a network of more than 2,000 photographers, both local and international.


Photos courtesy of SweetEscape