Gabriele Colzi (@gabdetails) typically uses his camera to showcase his home country of Italy. But on a recent trip to the other side of the world, Gabriele turned his attention to Japan. His dreamy photos capture a magical quality not usually associated with the island nation.


Notice: The exterior of the castle, which is made from wood instead of stone, and the embellishments along the rooftop.

Why you should go: There is more to Hiroshima than the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park.

What Gabriele says: “Hiroshima is a city full of peace, strength, and history. For me, the castle embodies these three ideals that represent the city itself.”



Notice: The sheer height of the bamboo stalks compared to the person walking through them.

Why you should go: To hear the sound created by the wind as it blows through the bamboo, which has been voted one of the “100 must-be-preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese government.

What Gabriele says: “I was trying to capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove — the whole thing has a palpable sense of otherness that is quite unlike that of any normal forest I’ve ever visited. Standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.”


Notice: The fox statues that flank the doors to the shrine, which are considered Inari’s messengers.

Why you should go: Fushimi Inari is one of the most well-known and impressive shines in all of Kyoto.

What Gabriele says: “I tried to capture the majesty of this colossal work created by faithful people. The red tunnel reminded me of a big snake, moving silently through the mountains of Kyoto.”



Notice: That in this statue, Buddha is seated in Lotus position with his hands forming the Dhyani Mudra, the gesture of meditation.

Why you should go: At just over 13 meters (43 feet) tall, standing next to this huge bronze Buddha statue will put everything into perspective.

What Gabriele says: “With a serene expression and a beautiful backdrop of wooded hills, the Daibutsu is a truly spectacular sight. I especially wanted to capture the atmosphere of prayer and meditation.”



Notice: The multi-leveled nature of the castle itself, which, when it was built in the 1500s, was split into nine areas as a defensive strategy.

Why you should go: The interior is just as stunning as the exterior.

What Gabriele says: “At sunset, the colors of the sky blend with that of the walls, roofs, and flowers. Everything looks like a painting.”



TOKYO (As seen from the top of Park Hotel Tokyo)

Notice: The contrast between the red Tokyo Tower and the gray skyscrapers.

Why you should go: On the brightest of days, it’s possible to see Mount Fuji in the distance.

What Gabriele says: “This is one of the most breathtaking views in Tokyo, and I wanted to capture the moment when the sun went down behind the skyscrapers.”

See more of Gabriele’s photos on Instagram.