Egeyama tunnel was an old river tunnel which was closed many years ago;
Just one day in every Autumn, they open the abandoned tunnel for public.
I visited twice there, and every time they gave me a great experience.
When and Where ?
The Entrance of the tunnel. Many were waiting the opening.
Usually the event takes place in mid November: this year on 12th. Nov.
The tunnel locates around Kobe, near by Egeyama-park.
I’ll guide you
Anybody can visit the tunnel, though the location is a bit tricky for tourists.
That’s why I thought it might be helpful for travelers who want to visit this great abandoned tunnel, if I would guide them.
So I planned the small tour.
I’ll pick you up and take you guys to the location,and of course gives you some tips for shooting.
If you are thinking of visiting there by yourself, I’ll give you some tips beforehand.
Fortunately they allow us, photographers, to use tripod.
The inside of the tunnel was not pitch-black, but you can’t get any quality photo without a tripod.
Since the pass was bumpy and wet, plus other people or photographers, you should take care of where you set your tripod.
the explore is just beginning. More gorgeous scene is awaiting for you.
Many people come to the tunnel to shoot on the day.
So it would be merely impossible to avoid people to shoot.
If you want an image without people, there is two way:
to shoot multiple shots and, merge them during post processes
You can find many pages for describing the technique, so allow me to pass to description and let me just introduce one.
You can’t eliminate people with long exposure completely. A photographer settle for his or her shoot, and stack the place for a while.
So I recommend to shoot them as an essence in your image. Blurred people sometime gives the image much unique than a completely clear image.
Actually I don’t want so many people come to the tunnel.
Since the place is getting popular, the place is getting crowded with unruly photographers.
So I recommend to come to the place as soon as possible before they closed the tunnel for good.(I wish it never happen.)
Anyway I myself is going to visit the tunnel again, so if you are luckily on that day in Osaka or Kobe, why don’t you join the tour?