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DVA Nominee from Japan

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Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun | Zimy Da Kid


Top contributor Zimy Da Kid created this epic aerial tour of Japan, which he shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone supplemented with ground camera footage.  The video takes us from first from capital city Tokyo and then to Kanazawa, during the height of the  cherry blossom season.  Then he proceeds to ancient Kyoto and its magnificent temples, and from there to Nara, Osaka, the Nachi waterfall, and Mt. Fuji. This video is a nominee in our Drone Video Awards' Countries & Regions category.

DVOW/DVOM Nominee from Japan

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Seasons in Japan

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Shot on the ever popular and always impressive Mavic Air this four-minute tour of the Pacific island nation of Japan by nauj is fantastic. The country's origins trace back to pre-historic civilization, seeing it with modern technology is quite the treat! From the volcanos to the snowcapped forests, towering Buddhist structures to the sea's endless horrizon, you get a miniature tour of the amazing country in this drone video, which was a Nominee for the Drone Video of the Week and Month.

Air and Ground Tour of Japan

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Top contributor Robinmaeter created this stunning drone video from a trip to Japan.  Using a DJI Mavic Air combined with a ground camera, he gives us a masterful look at one of the world's most beautiful countries.  You will see some of the natural wonders of the country, as well as Osaka and Kyoto, the country's second and third most populous cities, respectively.  Follow along and see a country that is home to one of the most distinctive cultures on earth.  

Aerial Tour of Japan

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Take Your Time in JAPAN

Where's Fuji?

Feast your eyes on this magificent travel video from Japan, compliments of top contributor Fujibra Films.  The video skillfully combines drone footage with ground camera footage to create a captivating view of this ancient island nation.  The video opens with an epic shot of the snow-covered mountains of Japan in winter.  From there you'll get glimpses of Japan's skiing scene, its temples and pagoda's, majestic Mt. Fuji, and other sights and sounds of the country. 

36 Hours in Japan

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A Day In Japan Cinematic Short


What would you do if you only had one and a half days in Japan? Pilot and cinematographer Tayloid wasted no time, putting together this stunning trip compilation video. Featuring the uniquely green waters that surround some of the island nation’s bays, the dense jungle hills and narrow ravines, mountains and close up shots of some of the architecture, this is a pretty impressive piece for only 36 hours. We can’t wait to see what Tayloid captures come December on his next trip!

Stunning Okinawa

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Welcome to Okinawa Cinematic Film Official Preview


If you look at a map of the Japanese islands, you'll quickly see how the southern island of Okinawa can look so different from the four main island: it's really nowhere near them.  In fact, Okinawa is considerably closer to Taiwan than it is to anywhere else in the main part of Japan - the southernmost shore of the southernmost main island (Kyushu) is 640 km (400 mi.) to its north.  The distinctive beauty of this long, narrow, and rocky island is on full display in this phenomenal drone video by Tayloid.  

Aerial Tour of Tokyo

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Tokyo From Above


Japan's capital Tokyo is center of the largest metropolitan area in the world.  In this video, which was nominated for the Drone Video of the Year Awards in the Cities category, contributor Big Head Greg takes us on an aerial tour of this gigantic city.  It is situated at the confluence of several rivers on the east coast of the island of Honshu (the largest of Japan's four main islands), at the head of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific Ocean.  Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics and will be hosting its second in 2020. 

Japan's Castle in the Sky

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Castle in the sky


Japan is known in part for its "castles in the sky": hilltop castles which appear to be floating on the clouds in the right condition.  Top contributor Danielkordan definitely got it right with this stunning aerial capture of Echizen Ono Castle, which does indeed appear to be floating on the clouds.  It's located in the Fukui Prefecture in western Honshu.  The castle was constructed in the late 16th century, and has been modified numerous times since then.

The Harbor of Kobe on Osaka Bay

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Kobe Harbour with Mavic Pro


Kobe is Japan's sixth largest city, a seaport city lying on the north side of Osaka Bay on the southern side of the island of Honshu.  Considered part of the greater Osaka area, it is Japan's fourth largest seaport by freight volume.  In this video, Styfly Studio uses a DJI Mavic Pro drone to take us on an aerial tour of Kobe.  You'll get a bird's eye view of this important (and very old) seaport, whose harbor is dotted with artificial islands to increase the city's useable land area.

Mt. Fuji: Japan's Highest Mountain

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Mt. Fuji, Japan


Contributor Earthspace101 used a drone to give us this beautiful view of Japan's highest mountain.  The mighty Mt. Fuji is a volcanic mountain which stands about 3.8k meters (12.4 ft.) above sea level on Honshu.  The mountain is known not just for its height but for its geometric near-perfection; the shape of its cone is nearly symmetrical.  Of immense cultural significance in Japan, on clear days the peak of the mountain can be seen from 100 km (about 60 mi) away in Tokyo.  It last erupted in 1708.

Kyushu by Drone

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drone flights in KYUSHU SEASIDE


Kyushu is the southernmost/westernmost of Japan's four main islands.   Its largest city is Fukuoka, with a population of about 1.5 million.  Kyushu is less densely populated than Honshu, the main island of Japan.  The physical scenery of Kyushu is spectacular, with many volcanoes and beaches (including Mt. Aso, Japan's most active volcano).  Contributor Superidol used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to give us a wonderful bird's eye view of this Pacific island.  

Himeji Castle, Southern Honshu

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Japan's Most Beautiful Castle: Himeji


Himeji Castle is one of the most famous in Japan.  Situated in southern Honshu, it was built in the 14th century.  One of the most-visited sites in the country, it owes its fame in part to the James Bond movie franchise: the palace made an appearance as the spot where 007 (played by Sean Connery) undergoes ninja training in the 1967 classic You Only Live Twice, the series' sixth installment.  Contributor Hittheroadlat used both drone and ground camera footage to create this video of the magnificent landmark.  

FPV Video of Miyajima

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Miyajima, The world Heritage🇯🇵


SustoFPV flew his racing drone over the waters at the southern tip of the Japanese island Honshu near Itsukushima Shrine; this landmark is the only shrine in the world to have been built over surface of the sea and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The breathtaking film shows off the shrine from every angle (like only an FPV drone can) was a finalist for the Drone Video of the Week contest and has been a favorite amongst viewers.

Nagoya Castle

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Nagoya Castle Japan 名古屋城 Sunrise - via Drone 4k


Nagoya Castle is one of the most important cultural sites in Japan.  It is located in Nagoya, Japan's third largest city, on the western coast of Honshu, the most populous island of the Japanese Archipelago.  From the 17th-19th centuries, this was one of the most important cities in Japan.  Contributor Skys_feed used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to give us a marvelous bird's eye view of this castle, which was originally rebuilt in the early 16th century and nearly completely rebuilt early in the 17th.

Hokkaido: Northern Japan

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NORTHERNMOST travel around hokkaido, Japan

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Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands.  It is the second largest island by land area but is much less densely populated than Honshu; with just over 5 million inhabitants, it's just a fraction of the size of Tokyo population-wise.  It is a mountainous and at-times frozen land, in places resembling Siberia which lies just across the Sea of Japan.  Contributor Wutang used a drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of this northern Pacific island.  

Shikoku's Matsuyama Castle

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Castle in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku

Binky Blue

Check out this stunning drone video of a castle on the Japanese island of Skikoku, compliments of contributor Binky Blue.  Matsuyama Castle was originally built in the early 17th century on Mt. Matsuyama.  It's situated in the prefecture of Ehime Prefecture which covers the western part of Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands of Japan.  Much of the castle was destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning in the late 18th century; it was substantially rebuilt in the 19th century.

Cities of Japan

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First trip to Japan Tokyo | Yokohama | Hakone | Kyoto | Osaka via Aerial Drone 4k


Skys_feed traveled to some of the largest cities in Japan and created this video to memorialize the trip.  Using a combination of drone and ground camera footage, he provides us a look at the following cities: (1) Tokyo, the national capital and largest city; (2) Yokohama, Tokyo's "twin" city on Tokyo Bay and the seventh largest city; (3) Osaka, Japan's second largest city; and (4) Kyoto, the country's #4 city.  The video also features footage of Hakone, a small town in eastern Honshu.  

Matsumoto Castle

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Matsumoto Castle

Where's Fuji?

Top contributor Fujibara Films created this short but amazing drone video of one of the most famous castles in Japan.  Matsumoto Castle is situated in the Nagano Prefecture, a short distance north of Tokyo in the island of Honshu.  Known as the Crow Castle for its black exterior, it's considered one of the country's top three castles, along with Kumamato and Himeji Castles.  Completed in the late 1500's, Matsumoto Castle was the seat of the Matsumoto Domain during the Takagawa Shogunate.  

Beautiful Kyushu

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Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, with a distinctive culture and history.  In this video, contributor Superidol gives us an amazing aerial tour of the Kyushu, far less known than the main island Honshu.  He flies through forests, over picturesque resort towns, and over rocky mountain peaks to give us a bird's eye view of this island, Japan's third largest by area and also home to its most active volcano and famous hot springs. 

Spots in Honshu and Hokkaido

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Top contributor Hayden Kast put together this fanastic video record of his trip to Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun.  The video was created with a mixture of ground camera and drone footage. Locations featured include the capital city of Tokyo; the large city of Aomori in the northern part of Honshu; various spots on the northern island of Hokkaido; Hakuba in the Japanese Alps, a mountain chain which runs through Honshu; and the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival in the Nogano Prefecture of central Honshu.  

Fall Colors in Tochigi Prefecture

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With its temperate climate, Japan offers some stunningly beautiful fall colors when the leaves turn.  Some of the most spectacular colors can be found in the mountainous areas north of Tokyo, in central Honshu.  Contributor Mtaka3939 put together this drone video of the brilliant Autumn colors near the town of Nikko.  It's part of the Tochigi Prefecture, a largely rural province which lies due north of Tokyo Bay which is a popular getaway destination for residents of the national capital.  

Okinawa Drone Tour

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8 days in Okinawa with drone

Chris Jeon

Japan's Okinawa Prefecture includes a group of islands, including the island of Okinawa, south of the country's main islands.  The island saw some of the heaviest fighting in the Pacific in World War II, including the first kamikaze attacks.  Zamami is a small village sitting on 20 of the islands in the region.  Top contributor Jeon Donghee spent eight days in Zamami with a drone, creating this amazing aerial video of this paradise in the East China Sea.

Kyushu's Kiamondake Volcano

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Kiamondake Volcano, Japan

Where's Fuji?

Top contributor Fujibara Films made this excellent drone video of a well known volcano on Japan's Kyushu Island, the third largest of the archipelago.  Kiamondake Volcano is located near the city of Ibusuki on the southern part of the island in the Kagoshima Prefecture.  The mountain has a peak elevation of just under 925 meters (a bit over 3k ft.) above sea level.  While the volcano isn't considered extinct, its last eruption was over 1,000 year ago, in 885 AD.  

Hakone, Eastern Honshu

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Hakone - Japan From The Sky

Urban Obsession

Urban Obsession created this magnificent drone video from Hakone, a mountainous region to the west of the Japanese capital city Tokyo.  It's situated in the Kanagawa Prefecture, a state lying on the eastern coast of the island of Honshu.  Hakone is considered an easy day trip from Tokyo, for travelers who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the world's largest city.  The area has been afforded governmental protection by being designated as a geopark.  

Honshu's Izu Peninsula

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Izu Peninsula GeoPark Drone 2019 DroneRangerMiura


Check out this beautiful drone video of a geopark in Japan, compliments of contributor DronerangerMiura.  It's a geopark on the Isu Peninsula, a rocky promontory which extends southward from the mainland of Honshu.  It's on the eastern (Pacific Ocean) side of the island, a bit southwest of Tokyo.  The peninsula forms the western side of SAgami Bay and the eastern side of Suruga Bay.  The peninsula is part of the Shizuoka Prefecture in the Chūbu region.

Enoshima Island

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Enoshima, Japan | DJI Mavic Air

Urban Obsession

Enoshima is a tiny Japanese island which lies just off the island of Honshu.  It is part of the city of Fijisawa, to which it is connected by bridge.  The area lies at the mouth of the Katase River on Sagami Bay, a bit southwest of Yokohama (which lies on the adjacent Tokyo Bay).  Enoshima has become a major beach destination, within easy reach of the tens of millions who live within a few hours' drive of the island.  See the tiny island from above in this drone video by Urban Obsession.

Biwako Valley Ski Resort

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Biwako Valley Ski Resort Shiga Japan


Styfly Studio created an amazing drone video of a ski area in Japan.  The Biwako Valley Ski Resort is situated in central Honshu, roughly halfway between the cities of Kyoto and Nagoya.  The resort's mountaintop sits at about 1.1k meters (about 3.5k ft) above sea level, and offers both tow- and lift-accessed slopes.  The top of the mountain offers stunning views of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. 

Okinawa's Rocky Coastline

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Stunning Okinawa Coastline


Check out this drone video from the Japanese island of Okinawa, compliments of vdubravels.  Okinawa is a small island that lies almost 650 km (about 400 mi) south of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.  Due to its strategic location, Okinawa has been the primary base for US forces based in Japan.  What you'll see in this video though is the pure natural beauty of this gem of the Pacific Ocean, which covers an area of about 1.2k square km (about 400 square mi).  

Japan's Bullet Train

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Japan's Bullet Train


Check out this video for a rare look at one of Japan's bullet trains.  Known as the Shinkansen, it's a network of rail lines which collectively cover almost 2.8k km (1.7k mi.).  Top speeds of these trains reach 240-320 km/h (150-200 mi/h), and can in the right circumstances be faster than flying between certain cities.  Watch the video and you'll get a sense for how fast these trains move; you will also realize how impressive Japan's safety record is given the speeds involved.  

Daikannon Statue, Sendai

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Sendai Daikannon, Japan

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Located in Sendai, Japan the Sendai Daikannon is the tallest statue that features a goddess in the country. In fact, it is one of the top-5 tallest statues in the world as of 2018. Featuing the gem-bearing Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪 観音) it is around 330 feet tall and has an elevator that takes visitors to the top of the statue. Experienced cinematographers and drone pilots Fujiabra Films do a fantastic job showcasing her impressive might.

Greater Tokyo

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Tokyo & Yokohama


Take a tour of the great concentration of urban civilization known as Greater Tokyo, compliments of contributor c13studio.  The video will take you over the two great cities on Tokyo Bay, on the eastern side of the island of Honshu.  Depending on definitions, this is the center of a metropolitan area of well over 20 million and as many as 38 million; based on anything around the midpoint of this range, it's the largest metropolitan area in the world.  The video was filmed with a DJI Mavic Air drone.  

Japan's Cherry Blossoms

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Fly at the most popular cherry blossom place in Tokyo.


Japan’s world-renowned sakura, or cherry blossom, season takes place in early spring, typically between late March and early April. Thousands of tress across the island nation will burst with color, popping reds, bright pinks, and brilliant whites dominating the landscape. NAMAIKIfpv flew her micro drone through one of the most popular sites to see the colors in Tokyo. The sakuras' flowers are absolutely breathtaking, we only wish we could smell the wonderful fragrance too!

Zōjō-ji Temple and Tokyo Tower

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Zojiji - Old meets New

Reuben Langdon

Reuben Langdon used a drone to create this great shot from the Japanese capital city of Tokyo.  The initial part of the shot is of the Zōjō-ji Temple, an important Buddhist temple which was closely associated with the Tikugawa Clan.  It features the oldest wooden building in the city.  The camera then pans up to reveal the Tokyo skyline.  In the foreground is Tokyo Tower, a radio communications and observation tower which is the second-tallest structure in Japan. 

Tokyo Bay

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Ride along for this amazing aerial tour of Tokyo Bay, compliments of contributor Mtaka3939.  The Japanese capital city is situated on a river estuary near its terminus in Tokyo Bay, which in turn opens into the Pacific Ocean.  Much of the city's layout and infrastructure is tied to the complicated set of waterways and islands, much of which is man made.  The video will take you around Tokyo's part of the bay, and includes some great footage of key infrastructure such as the Rainbow Bridge.  

Zamami, Kerama Islands

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Amazing Japan 4K - Zamami island - Dji Mavic pro

Drone et sac à dos

Contributor Drone et sac à dos created this beautiful drone video of an island off the coast of Okinawa, Japan called Zamami Island.   Zamami is part of the Kerama Islands, which lie southwest of Okinawa in southern Japan; it's one of four Keramas which are inhabited.  The tiny island, which has three permanent settlements, is an up-and-coming beach destination; in 2016, its Furuzamami Beach was named the #4 beach in Japan in a TripAdvisor survey.  

Captioned Tour by Mavic Pro 2

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DREAMY JAPAN with DJI Mavic2 Pro


Take a tour of Japan in this beautiful, captioned drone video.  It features footage from the following locations, by prefeture: Hokkaido (Nakayama Pass, Tobetsu); Myazaki (Nishimerason), Mie (the Ise-Shima National Park) Shiga (Lake Biwa Shirahige Shrine); Okayama (Okayama Castle); Kochi (Kochi Castle); and Tottori (Sani’an in Kaigan Geopark, Tottori Sand Dunes).  The video is helpfully captioned and was filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone. 

Kaleidoscope Views of Tokyo

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Tokyo Kaleidoscope 東京万華鏡

Reuben Langdon

Contributor Reuben Langdon created this beautifully edited drone video of Tokyo, Japan, by some measures the world's largest city.  THe video opens with an epic shot of Tokyo Tower, which was inspired by France's Eiffel Tower but which is actually somewhat taller at 333 meters (around 1.1k ft.).  The video uses the "kaleidoscope" post-production technique to great effect, with some amazing sequences showing various shots of the Tokyo skyline from an entirely new perspective.  

Tokyo Nighttime Dronelapse

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Tokyo Hyperlapse

Reuben Langdon

Take a nighttime aerial tour of Tokyo, Japan in this amazing dronelapse piece by Reuben Langdon.   In just 60 seconds, you will be taken over the core of this dynamic metropolis, by some measures the world's most populous city.  Ride along for some epic nughttime views of the core city along the Sumida River, as well as some of the city's extensive road infrastructure such as the Rainbow Bridge.  The bridge is a 1990's era suspension span between the city's Shibaura District and the artificial island of Odaiba.

Okinawa Drone Tour

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Reuben Langdon

Take an aerial tour of the Japanese island of Okinawa in this beautiful drone video by Reuben Langdon.  Okinawa is the southernmost and smallest of Japan's four main islands.  Closer to Taiwan than to the other main Japanese islands, Okinawa is quite distinctive both in terms of its natural setting as well as with respect to its people.  Ride along for aerial views of the island, its main city of Naha, and some of the old fortifications left over from the bitter World War II battle fought here following the US invasion of the island in April, 1945.  

Mighty Mount Fuji

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Mt. Fuji

Where's Fuji?

This twenty-second drone video has quite the reveal, one that you see within just a few seconds. The dronie, by pilot Fujiabra Films, has a familiar location - Mount Fuji. The active volcano is about 60 miles outside of Tokyo and, at 12,388 feet, it is the island country’s tallest peak. It has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is considered one of Japan’s three sacred mountains. You may know the profile of the volcano from various works of art, specifically famous Japanese prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. 

Paddleboarding on Sagami Bay

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DJI Mavic Pro - Enoshima, Japan 2017


Christian Tinman ventured to Japan with his DJI Mavic Pro drone to cover a stand up paddleboarding event in Enoshima, a small island in Sagami Bay.  Situated on Honshu, the area is home to some of closest beaches accessible from Tokyo, which lies a bit to the north.  As you will see from his video, it's a beautiful seaside community, perfect for a challenging SUP race, with sandy shores and many rocks lying offshore.  

Captioned Tour of Japan

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Road To Japan


Check out this beautiful captioned tour of Japan, compliments of effezeta_channel.  Here are the locatios featured, in order of first appearance: (1) the rocks of Enoshima, a tiny island southwest of Yokohama; (2) the great capital city of Tokyo; (3) Minoo Park, in the Osaka Prefecture; (4) the Bamboo Forest, just west of Kyoto; (5) Minajima Tori, in the Hiroshima Prefecture; (6) Kamakura, just south of Tokyo; (7) Mt. Fuji; (8) Ashi Lake, in the Kanagawa Prefecture; (9) Mino Falls; (10 Meno Lake; and more.


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Sunset Yoga - Tokyo Japan

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Tokyo and Mount Fuji

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Up Above in Japan '17

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