Japan Autumn Photo Tour

Tohoku is the best areas area for autumn colours are here! Since the 2011 Tsunami this area has re-development most of its coastline with new hope. If you have been to Japan before and are looking for less tourists and more nature, then this landscape photography tour is the perfect itinerary. Only 1% of foreign tourists explore these unknown areas. That means less crowds and more time to experience unique and pristine environments.

Northern Honshu is also known as the Tohoku region. We will focus on 3 prefectures of Aomori, Akita and Iwate. The itinerary offers a mix of waterfalls, mountain views, lakes, hot springs, rivers, gorges & seascapes all with the aim of capturing autumn colours at their best from north to south. We will stay 9 nights in 4 locations: Lake Towada, Mt. Hachimantai, Kakunodate Samurai Village & Jodogahama Beach. All perfectly nestled exactly where we need to be for early morning and sunset shoots daily.

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Autumn: Oct 27- Nov 5 (10 Days)

3 - 6  people maximum, led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Japanese, pro photographer, tutor and guide. 

Fitness Level: Moderate 

Pricing:

USD$ 3999 twin share
USD$ 4599 single room

Price includes:

  • 9 nights Accommodation

  • Japan Rail Pass

  • Mini Van Transport

  • All Tuition (6 hours per day), translating, photography, tour-guiding

NOT included:

  • International Flights

  • All Meals

  • Entrance Fees

  • Travel Insurance

Detailed Itinerary

Day 0 Starts at our hotel in Ueno, Tokyo where we will meet the night before our journey to have dinner and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

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Day 1 We depart 10am from Ueno Station to catch our bullet train (Shinkansen) to Hachinohe Station way up north in Aomori prefecture. Running at a top speed of 320 km/hour, the award for the fastest train in Japan belongs to the Hayabusa

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Japan Photo Tours Autumn

Day 2  - Lake Towada, Aomori - Pond & Mountains

Day 3 - Oirase, Aomori - Lakes & River Gorge.
Day 4 - Hachimantai - Hotsprings & River
Day 5 - Hachimantai, Akita - Waterfalls & River

Day 6 & 7 - Kakunodate, Akita - River Gorge & Mountains Day 7 Nov 1 - Kakunodate, Akita - Samurai Village

Sanriku Coast

Sanriku Coast

Japan Photo Tours Autumn

Day 8  - Jodogahama Seascapes

Japan Photo Tours Autumn

Day 9  - Jodogahama, Iwate (Sanriku Coast) Seascapes

Japan Photo Tours Autumn
Jodogahama Coast

Jodogahama Coast

Day 10 - Jodogama - Tokyo

Optional Extra 5 Days

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Day 1 & 2  - Mt. Fuji

Travel after peak hour at 10am from Ueno Station in Tokyo. Shoot at Lake Kawaguchi from mid-afternoon to early evening. Next morning shoot at Chureito Pagoda. Back to to hotel for breakfast and checkout for travel to Kyoto.

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

While in this area we will hire a car for the night which will give us quick access to many of the lake with fabulous views of Mt. Fuji.

Highlights will include Shiraito Falls, Lakes Saiko & Yamanakako. Weather permitting our two night stay will give us many chances to photograph Mt. Fuji which can sometimes be covered with cloud. 

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Day 3 & 4 Tokyo Highlights include Ginza, Shinjuku and Shibuya for some day and night shooting in Neon Tokyo. Depending on the autumn leaves forecast we will also explore some Japanese Gardens.

There are four cluster areas abundant with photo opportunities. From Street Portraits, architecture new and old, to cityscapes at night, Tokyo promises to be a very vibrant and electrifying experience. Having lived in Tokyo for four years I know all areas intimately. The vast array of contrasting ideas to photograph is infinite.

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Autumn: Nov 6 - 10 (5 Days)

3 - 6  people maximum, led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Japanese, pro photographer, tutor and guide. 

Fitness Level: Moderate 

Asakusa

Asakusa

Asakusa

Asakusa

Pricing:

USD$ 1777 twin share
USD$ 2044 single room

Price includes:

  • 4 nights Accommodation

  • Japan Rail Pass

  • Mini Van Transport at Mt. Fuji

  • All Tuition (6 hours per day), translating, photography, tour-guiding

NOT included:

  • International Flights

  • All Meals

  • Entrance Fees

  • Travel Insurance

Tour highlights:

  • Rivers

  • Abstract Landscapes & Nature

  • Lakes

  • Autumn Leaves

  • Waterfalls

  • Seascapes

  • Very small group

  • Learn at your own pace one on one

  • Hand-picked BEST locations

  • Led by an experienced photographer/guide/tutor fluent in Japanese

  • Truly authentic travel experience - a trip of lifetime!

We will learn:

  • Master Composition & Manual Settings

  • Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Landscape Photography

  • Seascape Photography

  • Waterfall Photography

What to Bring: Photographic & General Gear

  • DSLR or hybrid mirrorless digital camera

  • Lens 24-70mm range & 70-400mm range

  • Tripod & Cable Release

  • Dependable Portable External Drive

  • Laptop and power supply

  • Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop

  • ND Variable Filter (up to 10 stops)

  • Up to 20 kg luggage and appropriate warm clothing (Gloves, Binnie, Snow Boots, Down jacket). Average temp 2-15 degrees celsius.

Ever wanted to venture further with your photography and new cultural experiences? Our Japan Photography Tour gives you the chance to capture the colour and movement of a unique country while experiencing the sights with an experienced, Japanese speaker, guide and instructor with professional photographer Alfonso Calero.

 

Deposit and Cancellation Policy (per person)

  • A deposit of $US1000 per person is required to secure booking

  • Via Bank Transfer

  • Cancellation More than 120 days before a trip: 100% refund of deposit.

  • Cancellation Between 120 and 30 days: 50% refund

  • Cancellation Less than 30 days: 0% refund

  • Final payment is due 120 days before the workshop/trip starts.