It’s the end of July, two months into summer in Japan. Again, we have another tasty high-resolution Japan Photo Of The Month photo and wallpaper.

The humidity in summer here in Japan is very high, so this month we travelled to the Nagano Alps, the high altitude reduced the humidity and during our stay, we found a gorgeous swimming area in the Atera Gorge in the mountains.

HDR Photo of the river at Atera Gorge in Nagano Prefecture, Japan
The gorge is near the Nakasendo, a historic route between old Kyoto and Edo (modern day Tokyo)

This is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image, made from a composite of 3 photos. It gives a more realistic feel of what this scene actually looked like. See a larger version at’s Flickr set.