Photography tour in Japan

Photography Tour in Japan

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.

Total price: 7900 USD


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 12:00 o'clock noon, 17th of November at the Lobby of Mitsui garden hotel Kyobashi, which is located 10 minutes walk from Tokyo Central Station. 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 - 8 - 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 9 - 10 - 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 10 - On to Tokyo - 26th 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. We'll be in Osaka around 13:00 and in Tokyo central station around 4 p.m. Please if you plan to leave Tokyo at the same day do not plan flight departures earlier than 8 p.m. and flight departures from Osaka no earlier than 5 p.m. All flights later will fit.

Total Price :7900 USD per person.
Single Room Supplement: 750 USD
Registration deposit:2000 USD
Special offer: Sign up with a group of 3 or more friends  and receive a 200  USD discount each !
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
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.
  • Professional Photo Guide
  • 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

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.

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