Nia Ramadhani & Theresa Wienathan

Nami Island is the one of most favourite place to visit on early autumn. It is because Nami Island is the prettiest during that time. The lined-up ginko trees in Nami Island will turn into magical yellow tree between October 20-30. Last year, I captured the moment of Nia Ramdhani and Theresa Wienathan, Indonesian famous public figure while travelling in yellow Nami.

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Peter & Jennifer at Marina Bay

Who does not know Marina Bay Sands? One of the most famous, luxurious, amazing building complex in Singapore which become the main destination to visit when tourist come to Singapore. The uniquess of the building make everyone want to take a good picture with it.

Jennifer is a friend of mine who had exchange student program in Korea 2 years when we joined a travelling program together and became travel-buddy. She is living in Singapore as well as her boyfriend Peter. Welcoming me in Singapore, they take me around and also introduce me delicious foods. As we touring around, #rufustory managed to capture their romantic relationship story trough the beautiful pictures with the background of the great Marina Bay Sands.

Jiwoo & Peiqi

Singapore also has its own beautiful story. Even though Singapore is just a city state, which is really small compare to most of countries, the human-made tourist attractions in Singapore are incredible well made and beautiful. My favourite one is Garden by The Bay. The magical flower garden with the famous umbrella-like flower tower is the perfect place for taking photos, especially for sweet couple such as Jiwoo and Peiqi. They are so young, sweet and romantic but funny which bring a really fun atmosphere during the session. I remember whenever I finish taking the couple shot, Jiwoo always said “Rufus, please take picture of myself as well for my profile picture” which make us laugh.

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Hakone

Hakone is one of the most famous destiantion for Japanese and International tourists to visit. It is a small town area, less than 100 km away from Tokyo, a part of Fuji Mountain area. The most popular spot in Hakone is the Lake Ashinoko, where you can see Fuji Mountain during the clear day, and Hakone Shrine.

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The best time to see the Fuji Mountain is sunrise when the sky is really clear and the sun come up from opposite side. I took pictures starting at 4.30am in the morning since in spring time the sun rises earlier.

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However, the sunset scenery is magical as well eventhough the snow of top Fuji Mountain is covered up by the sun light.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • You can travel to Hakone by taking the Odakyu Line Train from Shinjuku Station.

[Tips]

  • The best way to travel in Hakone is using the HAKONE PASS which you can buy online in advance (you have to exchange the ticket in Shinjuku station) or just buy directly in the counter in Shinjuku station. This pass is the best offer for International tourist when travelling to Hakone since this pass will give access to every transportation from Tokyo to Hakone and throughout all Hakone area. They have 2 days pass which is 5.140 yen, and 3 days pass which is 5.640 yen, or you can combine the pass with other nearby area such as Fuji, Enoshima and Kamakura if you also want to visit there.
  • If you never visit  Fuji before, you can visit both Fuji and Hakone using the Fuji Hakone 3 Day Pass.
  • If you only want to visit Hakone, you can just use Hakone 2 Day Pass 2 with 1 night stay over in Hakone area (this super recommended especially for those who wants to see sunset and sunrise). My recommendation schedule will be like list below.
    • Taking Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station to Odawara Station (75mins) and proceed to Hakone Yumoto Station (15 mins) which is FREE with the pass, or you can try taking the direct train from Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto by paying additional ticket fee 1.090 yen (total trip is faster).
    • In Hakone Yumoto Station, proceed to Bus stop  number 2 to take H LINE Bus going to Motohakone. It will be better if your accomodation is somewhere in Motohakone where you will spend most of the first day.
    • In Motohakone, you can visit the Museum there, Observation Deck on park, and Hakone Shrine and spending sunset time in Lake Ashi. Dont forget to have meal in the famous Soba Restaurant there (Hatsuhana Soba Shinkan).
    • The next day, you can take the ferry for free from Motohakone port to Togendai port (30 mins) while seeing the beautiful Lake Ashi (if you are lucky, you can see Fuji Mountain during a clear day).
    • As you arrive in Togendai Port, you can proceed by taking skylift to Owakudani to see the sulfur creater.
    • After you spend some time in Owakudani, you can proceed with cable car going down to Sounzan Station, continue riding tram untill Gora Station.
    • In Gora Station, you can visit Gora Park and having meal in the famous Tamura Ginkatsu-tei to try tofu cutlet dish.
    • You can take the Hakone Tozan Train back to Hakone Yumoto, then Odawara, continue to Shinjuku Station.
VISITED ON MAY 26 TH, 2018

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Colorful Shibuya at Night

Who does not know Shibuya? Shibuya is one of the most famous icon of an area in Japan as the world’s most crowded crossing street. Whenever you travel Jalan, everyone must visit Shibuya once. Shibuya is one of district full of shopping mall, stores, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. It is perfect place for tourist to feel the atmosphere of hanging out in Japan, especially at night. Hundred stores in Shibuya with their each own led board name make the colorful vibe of night life in Japan. Here are some photos taken.

[HowToGetThere]

  • So many subway rail lines to Shibuya, you can take any of them getting off at Shibuya station.

[Tips]

  • If you want to see the colorful led light in Shibuya, better to visit at night.
  • Do not forget to take care of your people, since it is really crowded, easy to get lost.
  • You can have many recommended menu such as ramen, sushi, other japanese foods in this area.

VISITED ON MAY 26TH, 2018

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Chelsea Islan

Welcoming Chelsea Islan who came to Korea for commercial shoot. We had yummy Japanese Gyukatsu dinner and walked around Karosugil area taking some beauty shots. Chelsea herself is already so pretty, flawless and fresh. Every angle matters and turns into a really good photo of her. You will find the iconic pink car of Karosugil, small alley with night-light mood, as well as the famous Mr. Holmes Bake House’s “Baked in Seoul” sign. Ryanogilvy, the famous make-up-artist and Mas Long, our beloved and super friendly manager, were also in shots.

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Rossa

Here I got an honour to welcome Rossa, a really famous Indonesian singer, visiting Korea for the first time. We spent one day going around Seoul city (even though it was rajing the whole day) as well as Petite France and Nami Island on the other day. What a big day for me