Japan Spring Photo Tour

Our photo trip begins in Tokyo and ends in Kanazawa & Ainokura. 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. 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. 

Spring Dates: April 5 - 14

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 3.5 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

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.

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Day 1 & 2 - Tokyo - Highlights include Ginza, Shinjuku and Shibuya for some day and night shooting in Neon Tokyo.

Day 3 & 4 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.

 Lake Saiko

Lake Saiko

 Ainokura Village

Ainokura Village

Day 4 - 6 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.

 Geisha Experience in Kanazawa

Geisha Experience in Kanazawa

Day 6- 8  Kyoto for 2 nights of temple/shrine hopping and gardens of Zen

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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.

 Arashiyama,Kyoto Bamboo Grove.

Arashiyama,Kyoto Bamboo Grove.

Day 8 - 10Mt 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.

 Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

 Shojiko

Shojiko

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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

  • 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)

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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!

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We will learn:

  • Master Composition & Manual Settings

  • Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Landscape Photography

  • Street Portrait Photography

  • Architectural Photography