Photographers’ Paradise (Part 1)

Opportunities to take photos of animals in Japan

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Being a passionate photographer I take a lot of shots anywhere I go. One of my favorite subjects is animal life, but very often it’s hard to get a good shot of a wild animal or a bird because they are too quick and timid. However, in Japan there are many places where wild animals and birds live freely and feel at home.

A lot of wild monkeys, Japanese macaques, live in Jigokudani Yaen Koen, also known as Snow Monkey Park. There, I shot many great portraits because those monkeys are not afraid of people at all and allow photographers to come close. Of course, I tried to shoot from afar, not wanting to disturb them.

Wild birds such as herons, seagulls and all sorts of ducks can be seen in parks such as Ueno Park and the many Tokyo gardens. Special parks with enclosures such as Kobe Animal Kingdom keep owls, toucans and other exotic birds which are free to move. Besides these habitats, I had a great opportunity to see and take photos of ocean inhabitants in numerous aquariums of Japan.

I hope that my shots will encourage fans of photography to visit those places.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!