Japan Autumn Photography Tour

Pontocho, Lantern Alley, Kyoto

Pontocho, Lantern Alley, Kyoto

 Travel photography courses in Japan. Learn how to shoot in manual modes and master composition with your DSLR. Discover the art and technical settings on your camera.

From beginner to advanced photography courses. Get taken to the best spots for landscape photography at the best time of day and months of the year.

Japan in autumn can last up to a month in each location but Cypress and Maple leaves peak for only two weeks. Weather can play an important role on being in the right place at the right time. Local knowledge and years of travelling through these parts has given me loads of options at the drop of a hat.

Despite having key locations to photograph we also work on serendipity when opportunities arise unplanned.

Autumn Dates: Nov 10 - Nov 19, 2019

Winter: 2020 Jan Feb

Spring: 2020 March

Autumn: 2019 Oct

2 min & 6 max, led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Japanese, photographer, tutor and guide. Highlights include Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Tokyo, Kanazawa and Snow Monkeys in Nagano.


US$3999 twin share
US$4599 single room

Price includes:

  • All ground transport (Japan Rail Pass)

  • All 3.5 Star Accommodation for 9 nights

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

  • Luggage Delivery x 2

  • All Breakfasts

NOT included:

  • International Flights and International Hotel Transfers

  • Local Transport (i.e. taxis & hire car)

  • Lunches and Dinners

  • Entrance Fees

  • Travel Insurance

International flights should be booked separately once your Tour booking is confirmed.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Ueno, Tokyo Morning Departure for Mt. Fuji 2 nights stay.

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

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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.

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. 

Japan Photo Tours Autumn
Japan Photo Tours Autumn

Day 3, 4 & 5 Kyoto for 3 nights of temple/shrine hopping and gardens of Zen

Highlights include Fushimi Inari (Orange Gates)Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama and the Golden Temple. There will be loads of opportunities to also shoot street portraits and if we are a lucky we can meet a Geisha.

Day 6 & 7 - Kanazawa (Gardens & Castles) 2 nights stay.

Geisha in Kanazawa

Geisha in Kanazawa

The tea district and Kenrokuen gardens are two of the best spots for photography. Another must see destination is the fish market in the heart of the city. Unlike Tokyo fish market it is easier to photograph and the array of seafood from the Japan sea can be sampled for breakfast or lunch. 

Kanazawa Tea District

Kanazawa Tea District

Kenroukuen Garden

Kenroukuen Garden

Day 8 -  Ainokura Village (Traditional Farmhouse) 1 nights stay.

The Unesco heritage village will be our stop for the night staying in a 250 year old farmhouse in traditional accommodation. This will be a truly unique experience.

Ainokura VIllage

Ainokura VIllage

Ainokura Unesco Heritage Village

Ainokura Unesco Heritage Village

Day 9 - 1 nights stay Nagano city. After we drop off our bag in Nagano City we will catch a late morning bus to Monkey Park and catch a train back to Nagano city from Yudanaka. 

Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys

Kyudo Archery

Kyudo Archery

Day 9 - On our way back from Yudanaka Station we might get a free Japanese Archery demonstration from my friend. Final dinner in Nagano City.

Day 10 -  On Our final day we will explore Nagano City's Zenkouji Temple to end with a blessing and a safe journey back to Tokyo at lunch time.

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Zenkouji Temple, Nagano

Zenkouji Temple, Nagano

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.

We will learn:

  • Master Composition & Manual Settings

  • Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Landscape Photography

  • Street Portrait Photography

  • Architectural Photography

Making Soba Noodles in Nagano City

Making Soba Noodles in Nagano City

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.

Chureito Pagoda Mt. Fuji

Chureito Pagoda Mt. Fuji

Tour highlights:

  • Riding a Japanese bullet train

  • Visiting the famous Inari Shrine

  • Staying in traditional accommodation - a 250 year old farmhouse!

  • Seeing and photographing Nagano snow monkeys

  • Going to a bamboo grove

  • Sample fresh Japanese seafood and sushi from the fish market

  • 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!

What to Bring: Photographic & General Gear

  • DSLR or hybrid mirrorless digital camera

  • Lens 24-70mm range

  • Tripod & Cable Release

  • Dependable Portable External Drive

  • Laptop and power supply

  • Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop

  • ND Variable Filter 

  • Up to 20 kg luggage and appropriate clothing

  • Moderate Level of Fitness is required with around 10,000-20,000 steps a day (2-4hrs)