Japan Spring Photo Tour

A carefully mapped out route to best capture the blossoms. It is difficult to predict the weather but with this itinerary you are certain to capture them somewhere along our path. Having lived in Japan for 4 years and married to a Japanese, it feels more like my second home. There are constantly new and exciting photo locations in the cities I would love to show you. If this is your first or second time in Japan, I will make sure to show you a new perspective. All my customers I mentor for life. Join me on a trip of a lifetime. The Itinerary allows for steady pace not rushed. This will be a mix of Crazy Osaka business and rural Japan’s spirituality. Discover how Japan’s Shinto and Buddhism live in Harmony. Explore the Kumanodo ancient pilgrim walks that are fast gaining popularity.

Spring Dates: March 22 - 31

3 min & 6 people max, led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Japanese, photographer, tutor and guide.

Pricing:

US$3999 twin share
US$4599 single room

Price includes:

  • All ground transport (Japan Rail Pass)

  • All 3 Star Accommodation for 9 nights

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

  • Luggage Delivery

  • All Breakfasts

NOT included:

  • International Flights and International Hotel Transfers

  • Local Transport

  • Lunches and Dinners

  • Entrance Fees

  • Travel Insurance

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

Japan Photo Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 (March 22) Osaka - At night the entertainment areas of Namba and Tsutenkaku come alive with the true essence of neon Nippon. The Kansai spirit has a different energy to Tokyo.

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Day 2 (March 23) Osaka - Osaka humour is infectious and unlike any other part of Japan. Armed with a tripod and our cameras the photo opportunities here are uniquely flamboyant.

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Day 3 (March 24) Nara - A city of ancient temples and sacred deer that roam the city like cows in India. They are looked after and are very tame and friendly.

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Day 4 (March 25) Nara As an ancient capital city of Japan, Nara City is filled with breathtaking historical sites and artifacts. It was here during the Nara period of Japan's history (710 to 794) that many Chinese influences made their way into Japan, including the heavy adoption of Buddhism. Being such a historically significant place, Nara is home to 8 sites that collectively form the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara"; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5 (March 26)  Ise Grand Shrine & Meoto Iwa also known as the wedded rocks celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The city is home to the Ise Shrines (Ise Jingu), Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines. The Ise Shrines consist of two major shrines that stand several kilometers apart from each other, the Inner Shrine (Naiku) and the Outer Shrine (Geku), and over a hundred smaller shrines spread across the region.

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Day 6 (March 27) Before leaving Ise city we will visit the inner shrine (Naiku) for an early morning shoot of the bridge and majestic forest trees. After breakfast we will head South to Kii- Katsuura in Wakayama prefecture. During our 2 night visit, we will explore Nachi Falls & Dorokyo Gorge.

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Day 7 (March 28) Pilgrim walks in Kumanokodo are a Japanese version of the Spanish Camino trail. The majestic Nachi falls coupled with the nearby shrine are the perfect backdrop in the mystical mountains.

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Day 8 (March 29) In the morning before departing Kii-Katsuura we will go on a short Kumanodo Pilgrim walk. Our next stop will be Kushimoto which is a short journey from Kii- Katsuura where we will spend the night.

 Hashiguiiwa Rocks at Sunrise

Hashiguiiwa Rocks at Sunrise

Day 9 (March 30) After a sunrise shoot at Hashiguiiwa near Kushimoto we will make our way to Wakayama city. After lunch we will also explore Wakayama Castle & Kimidera Temple.

Day 10 (March 31) On our final day at Kuroshio Fish Market we will watch a Tuna Fish filleting show to capture images of a fish monger in action.

 Kuroshio Market, Wakayama

Kuroshio Market, Wakayama

 Kimidera Temple, Wakayama

Kimidera Temple, Wakayama

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.

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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 6 & 10 stops.

  • 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)

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!

We will learn:

  • Master Composition & Manual Settings

  • Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Landscape Photography

  • Street Portrait Photography

  • Architectural Photography