Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tokyo Photography: Chinzanso (椿山荘)

The other day, I visited the beautiful gardens at Hotel Chinzanso, near Edogawabashi station in Tokyo. Arriving in late afternoon, we found that the sunset lighting bathed the grounds with a serene glow. The hotel itself was very elegant, and once we stepped out toward the back, a tranquil forest opened up to greet us.


I just love coming across unexpectedly beautiful places like this in Tokyo. It's not very far from the center of the city, yet the atmosphere there transported me to something I might feel in Kyoto or Yamanashi. I especially loved the small stone statues scattered across the grounds...

 

These ones are even outfitted with lights, for an interesting view at night as well!


This jolly guy seems to be holding a fishing pole.


There was a comfortable breeze flowing that afternoon.


Near a restroom deep inside the gardens, I spotted this lovely reflection.


The architecture is just beautiful as well. I would love to come back here again for a photoshoot!


On the way out, I took a few photos of the Christmas decorations in the hotel's main entrance area. I love holiday decorations and lights so much! Seeing them in the hotel filled me with memories of Christmas vacations with my family back in middle school and high school.



Thank you to Hotel Chinzanso for allowing me to take these photos! It was a wonderful little trip, and I'm sure this would be a great place for travelers to stay in Tokyo. Out in the gardens, there were even little paths leading to traditional Japanese-style restaurants. Although I didn't enter them, I could tell that they would provide the same kind of serene and peaceful experience that I had just walking through the forest.

Also, this was my first time trying out the Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens, and I absolutely loved it! I've always been shooting on 50mm or 85mm and was looking for a wider focal length, so I spent a long time wavering between the Canon or Sigma version of the 35mm. So far, I am very happy with the Sigma! I'm thinking of doing a lens review series a little later on, so for those who are interested, please stay tuned.