Japan in Winter

Spaces Available: SOLD OUT

Location: Tokyo, Hokkaido and Kyoto, Japan

Dates: February 2-12, 2020 (in country – does not include flight days)

Cost: $7800 double occupancy, $8400 single occupancy; $1800 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

Description: Winter is a mesmerizing time of year in Japan. The snow monkeys can be photographed in their natural element. Red-crowned cranes pirouette in snow covered fields. The hustle and bustle of Tokyo and Kyoto give way to serene, white landscapes, accented with blotches of brilliant red from empirical architecture. Join us in for a 10 day adventure in Japan to explore the wildlife and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Dates:  We will meet in Tokyo on February 2, 2020 and leave from Osaka on February 12, 2020. 

Daily Schedule:

Day 1 Tokyo Arrival, leisure time to explore. Hotel – Grand Nikko Odaiba

Day 2 Flight to Hokkaido in am, arrive Kushiro. Visit Tsurui Ito Tancho Sanctuary to photograph leaping, pirouetting red-crowned cranes. Hotel – Crowne Plaza Kushiro

Day 3 Second day in Kushiro – second visit to Crane Sanctuary. Private coach to Washo Fish Market. Dinner at hotel.

Day 4 Return flight to Tokyo. Photograph Ginza neon district. Hotel – Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel

Day 5 In Tokyo visit Meiji Shrine and Tokyo’s oldest temple, Asakusa Kannon. Photograph Tokyo cityscape at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck.

Day 6 Private coach to Jigokudani Yaen National Park to photograph snow monkeys. Check in at rustic ryokan next to monkey sanctuary. Japanese style dinner. Hotel Korakukan

Day 7 Second day and night of photographing snow monkeys

Day 8 Travel to Nagano by private coach than to Kyoto on the bullet train. Dinner at local restaurant. Hotel – Brighton Hotel Kyoto

Day 9 Travel to Fushimi Inari Shrine by private coach – home to 10,000 red tori gates. Tea ceremony in a private temple served by two geishas. travel through Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district.

Day 10 Visit Tenryuji Temple and walking paths. Photograph Japanese model in bamboo forest. Visit to Noh Theater after farewell dinner in local restaurant.

Day 11 Travel to Osaka Airport by private coach after breakfast for departure.

Included in the fee:

  • In country round trip flight to Hokkaido from Tokyo
  • All hotels and in country transportation
  • Tea Ceremony with geishas
  • Models for portrait sessions
  • Dinners were indicated and most breakfasts
  • Entrance fees to cultural shrines and palaces
  • Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs

Participants will provide their own:

  • Personal expenses, tips, beverages during meals, other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description.

  • International travel to Tokyo with departure from Osaka

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