Photography Tour in Japan


14 - 23 Nov 2017


Japan is an enigma layered with contradictions. Vast cities ride waves of innovation and offer the rest of the world a glimpse of the future, yet much of rural Japan has remained largely untouched; another world dominated instead by pillars of ancient tradition, spiritual temples, and nature in full bloom.

This photography tour focuses on a combination of the two, and although we will spend time in the big cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, you can expect to witness and capture some of Japan’s finest landscapes and cultural scenes firsthand.

On top of that, we’re heading over in the best season possible: Autumn. In the fall the Japanese maple tree, Momiji, is in full bloom, and its colourful leaves will decorate many of our photoshoots.

We will dedicate much of our time to the tapestry of colours to be found in the stunning city of Kyoto, and, of course, we’ll visit Kawaguchiko Lake and the legendary Mount Fuji.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji

Our Japan photography adventure will begin in Tokyo, and we advise that you schedule your arrival in the capital for one day before the tour starts. We’ll meet at the central station in Tokyo on the 14th of November. Day one of the trip will be spent strolling around the stunning Kawaguchiko Lake. Overlooking the lake is the magnificent Mt Fuji, and the group will take all the time we need to capture the stunning volcano with autumnal foregrounds of colourful maple trees. We will spend the day around the lake and take a excursions around the volcano, drinking in the views and capturing the landscape with the help of our expert photography guides.

Day 4 - 5 - Koyasan Mountain

We move to the sacred Koyasan mountain. This is one of my most favourite places in Japan. Ancient Okunoin cemetery, vast temple complex and old shrines. Accommodation for 2 nights at ryokan Ekoin – traditional temple.

Day 6 - 10 - Kyoto

On the morning of the third day we will head west to Japan’s second city, Kyoto. Kyoto is a magical blend of old and new, and we’ll spend the next five days exploring the city’s famous cultural sights, including gardens, palaces, shrines and temples - all of which will transport you back to ancient Japan.

Our accommodation is in the centre of the city in an authentic inn that offers easy walking distance to many of Kyoto’s most photogenic sights. It’s a place of endless throwbacks to how Japan used to be, and we will take full advantage with a packed program designed to fit in as much as incredible photography as possible.

Capturing the quiet, reserved essence of Kyoto isn’t easy since it’s many sights have become popular tourist attractions. Luckily, we will drive ourselves around and organise sessions to avoid the crowds and make the most of sunrise shoots. As well as coming at the perfect time of year to see the city’s famous gardens in full autumn bloom, November in Kyoto brings with it a light festival, so our evenings will be a canvas of pretty parks and gardens illuminated with charming bulbs.

Over the next five days our photography itinerary will be packed. Here are a few of the excursions you can expect to enjoy:

  • 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 10 - On to Tokyo - 23th November

On our final day we will wave goodbye to the traditional side of Japan we have enjoyed for the past nine days. Ancient buildings will give way to the incredible hub of technological innovation that is Tokyo, where we will bid farewell to the tour group. You’re welcome to arrange your flights home from the Japanese capital, or continue on to see more of the country’s breathtaking sights.

Tour Guides

Daniel Kordan



Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.

Iurie Belegurschi



Iurie Belegurschi is a landscape photographer based in Iceland, where he runs photo tours and workshops. He was born in Moldova and has been living in Iceland since 2006. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality. His photos have been published worldwide in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and some of the most popular newspapers like The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph.

Total Price :6900$ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 750$
Registration deposit:2000$
Special offer: Sign up with a group of 3 or more friends and receive a 200$ discount each !
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
Included:
  • Two professional photo guides
  • Accommodation in a hotel based on twin sharing
  • Transportation
  • All museum, parks entrance fees and tour tickets
  • JR pass valid for one week
Not included:
  • Medical insurance
  • Meals
  • Visas if needed
  • Flight tickets
  • Alcoholic beverages

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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