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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
75 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.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.