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 Tokyo 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.
Spring Dates: April 3 - 12, 2020
3 min & 6 people max, led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Japanese, photographer, tutor and guide.
US$3999 twin share
US$4599 single room
All ground transport (Japan Rail Pass)
All 3.5 Star Accommodation for 9 nights
All Tuition (6 hours per day), translating, photography, tour-guiding
International Flights and International Hotel Transfers
Lunches and Dinners
International flights should be booked separately once your Tour booking is confirmed.
Japan Photo Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Tokyo 2 nights - Explore surrounding old down town areas of Ueno, Asakusa and Yanaka Ginza to name a few. Surrounding parks and rivers will offer a great cultural experience if we are lucky to catch the Blossoms in full bloom.
Day 1 & 2 - Tokyo - Highlights include Ginza, Shinjuku and Shibuya for some day and night shooting in Neon Tokyo.
Day 3 - 4 Kanazawa for 2 nights - Highlights include 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. Geisha Experience inTea District for optional extra.
Day 5 Ainokura Village (Traditional Farmhouse)
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.
Day 6- 8 Kyoto for 2 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 8 - 10 - Mt Fuji. 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 Tokyo. Other highlights depending on weather conditions may include Lake Yamanaka, Lake Shoji, Lake Saiko & Shiraito Falls.
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.
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)
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
Street Portrait Photography