Japan is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, brimming with culture amidst a sprawling urban and natural landscape. The Land of the Rising Sun is home to some of the most spectacular sights for photography, including ancient temples high in the mountains, gorgeous bamboo forests and delicate gardens containing an abundance of flowers in bloom.
During this 9-day photography tour, you'll experience the best that this country has to offer, as we make our way from Tokyo through the rural landscapes surrounding Lake Kawaguchiko and the legendary Mount Fuji, onwards to Kyoto – a city steeped in decades of tradition.
We'll travel during the autumn season, when the foliage in these parts takes on wonderful earthy hues, making for stunning photographic opportunities. Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer, this photography workshop in Japan is bound to expose you to some of the country's most incredible sights as you take your photography skills to another level.
Total price: 7900 USD
10 – 18 November 2020
19 – 27 November 2020
Guided by Iurie Belegurschi & Daniel Kordan
Guided by Iurie Belegurschi & Daniel Kordan
Days 1-3 - Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji
Our journey into the Land of the Rising Sun begins in the busy hub of Tokyo, where we'll meet together as a group at 12pm in the lobby of Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi, just a short 10 minute walk from Tokyo Central Station.
From there, we'll drive south to the stunning surrounds of Lake Kawaguchiko, where you'll catch your first glimpse of the majestic Mount Fuji. Over the next few days, we'll take our time strolling around the lake, capturing the snowcapped peak of this magnificent volcano swathed by the stunning orange fall foliage of the nearby maple trees, making the most of the changing light from sunrise to sunset. The reflections upon the lake make for breathtaking scenes any time of the day.
Days 4 & 5 - Koyasan Mountain
Over days four and five, we'll base ourselves in the sacred grounds of Mount Kōya, a huge temple settlement set amongst ancient forests and historic pagodas. We'll capture the mystical beauty of the Ancient Okunoin cemetery, the intricacies of the vast temple complex and the silent grace of decades-old shrines.
Days 6-8 - Kyoto
For the next few days, we'll make the famous city of Kyoto our base. Well-known for its array of Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses, this magical city is bursting at the seams with photographic opportunities and we'll spend our time immersing ourselves in this extraordinary atmosphere, hunting down every single one.
At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, where beautiful geisha make their way through tiny backstreets and amongst gardens in full autumn bloom. We'll spend our evenings capturing the enchanting ambience of this incredible city, including the charming light festival that glitters through Kyoto in November.
We have a number of wonderful locations to photograph during our time in Kyoto, including:
Diago-ji - a Buddhist temple on the banks of a serene pond, surrounded by stunning maple trees and a picturesque bridge
Bishamon-Do - another temple with stone steps and pathways lined with colourful maple trees - a fantastic place for a photoshoot.
The Tofukuji Temple - a spectacular display of Japanese architecture embraced by some of Kyoto's most incredible autumn foliage.
The Kiyomizudera temple - a great spot for autumn photography, surrounded by grand trees that will be glowing with the bright red of the fall.
Enko-ji temple - another Buddhist building, home a classic example of a Japanese garden. Greens, yellows, oranges and reds all mingle together in as tranquil a space as you can imagine.
Iconic Kyoto locations, including Fushimi-Inari, Ginkaku-ju (Silver Pavilion), Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), and the stone garden of Ryoan-ji.
Shugakuin Imperial Villa and Katsura imperial villa
This is by no means the definitive list of where we will be spending our time and organising our photo shoots, but it gives you a good idea of the spectrum of sights we are hoping to cover. There are plenty of other places well worth visiting and capturing with our cameras, from the Arashiyama Bamboo forest to the ancient blocs of Gion Higashiyama. There we can further immerse ourselves in Japanese culture, and watch on as geishas scutter about their business.
Day 9 - Departure from Osaka - 27th November
This will be our final day in Japan. We will make our way to the city of Osaka, where we will say our final goodbyes. If you are planning to fly out on this day, then please let our guides know in advance so that they may assist you with your transfers. We strongly advise that you arrange your flight for no earlier than 5pm, in the case of any delays.
Professional Photo Guide
Accommodation in a hotel based on twin sharing
All museum, parks entrance fees and tour tickets
JR pass valid for one week
Visas if needed
Single room supplement: 750 USD
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee. 7
5 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.