Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views: the Glittery Gorgeous Side of Heavy Industry
The phenomenon of factories gaining popularity as nighttime sightseeing spots has brought tourists and photographers to many industrial areas in Japan. And it’s agreed that Yokkaichi City’s views are top tier. Walking through the area makes you feel like you’re in a stage of a video game. Finding such beauty in a heavily industrialized landscape of mysterious pipes, tanks and machines is a unique experience that can really change your perspective on what a beautiful view is.
My otaku side brought me to Nagoya, Japan in 2012, but I stayed for the food, countryside towns, and gorgeous mountain scenery. I was born and raised on the east coast of the US, but I dare say I never grew up. I never shut up about Japan.
Caption: Many people in the area are employed as chemical engineers. My guess is that these are all those factory workers heading home, and what looks like factory trucks heading to who-knows-where. Everyone is leaving the island and nobody’s going in.
My plan for the evening was to walk from Tomidahama Station to JR Yokkaichi Station along the canal that separates the mainland from Kasumi, the island covered with factories, and get some views of the factory lights reflecting in the water along the way. There are a couple of parks and sports fields that run for most of that length. Google Maps estimated that I could make it in a little over an hour, if I didn’t stop to take in the sights, which I absolutely intended to do.
Caption: As you can see, some parts of the park weren’t lit up very well. That’s definitely a good thing for photographers, but maybe you should bring a flashlight when you visit.
Getting good shots of the factories was a pretty tough challenge. I did see a few other folks in the park that night that seemed like they really knew what they were doing, with tripods and long exposure shots set up. The unique scenery here really has become a phenomenon.
Caption: My attempts at this sort of night photography were amateur at best. You may need some special gear to get the best shots.
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Yokkaichi City guide in English