As a destination full of picturesque landscapes, Japan attracts many couples to do their pre-wedding photo shoot, sometimes referred to as "prenup photoshoots." Popular tourist spots in Japan are the bamboo forest in Tokyo or the pretty streets in Kyoto, where it could be challenging to keep photobombers out of the frame. Other options? Wake up early at 5AM in the morning to get a headstart before tour groups come pouring in or, better yet, have your pre-wedding shoot in Tottori.
Pre-wedding shoot in Tottori, Japan
As the least populated (and popular) prefecture in Japan, Tottori is abundant with photogenic spots that are free from crowds. In this article, we introduce various suitable pre-wedding photoshoot spots in Tottori for each season.
Spring (March to May): Cherry Blossoms and Wild Bamboo
One of Japan’s most popular sights is the elusive cherry blossoms. Out of all the 10 outstanding locations in Tottori that are lush with cherry blossoms at the height of the spring season, the most popular has to be Kyusho Park. In this spot, you can enjoy the full bloom of cherry blossoms against the backdrop of the Tottori Castle ruins. At Tottori Hanakairo Park you can also find more than 200 cherry trees in varying shades of pink at cherry blossom season.
The JR Kurayoshi Line tracks in Tottori were abandoned in 1985 and now provides the trail of a scenic hike through the countryside. The stunning views of the Chugoku Mountain range and Mount Daisen (one of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains) lead you into a small bamboo forest. In my many visits to Tottori, I have only met one other person who was there, a Japanese photographer. Contrast that with the busloads of tourists in Kyoto and you'll see why Tottori is a better pick for your pre-wedding shoot.