Japan Photography Workshop in Autumn

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Free Tutorials
International Photo Workshop
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Tour starts
Tokyo, Japan
Minimum age:
18 years old


Join this magical 9-day photography tour of Japan, the land of the rising sun, to best capture its vibrant nature and fascinating culture. 

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 mainly remained untouched. The countryside is another world, one dominated 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 shoot some of Japan’s most exquisite 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.

So don't delay any longer! Hurry now, and you too can discover and photograph the wonders of Japan with this fabulous 9-day photography tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Professional Photo Guide
Accommodation in a hotel based on twin sharing
All museum, parks entrance fees and tour tickets




Photo Tours
Photo Workshop

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The colours of a Japanese autumn defy the imagination.

Day 1 - Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji I

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 8:15am at the Lobby of Mitsui garden hotel Kyobashi, which is located 10 minutes walk from Tokyo Central Station. Please note that the hotel in Tokyo is not included in the tour package. Day one of the trip will be spent strolling around the stunning Lake Kawaguchiko. 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 an excursion around the volcano, drinking in the views and capturing the landscape with the help of our expert photography guides. Don't worry if you haven't got all the pictures you'd like by the end of the day, for we'll be returning to this gorgeous lakeside for two more days of epic photography! In the evening, you will retire to accommodation in the nearby area.
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Day 2
Mount Fuji, framed by the colours of fall.

Day 2 - Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji II

It is the second day of your photography adventure in Japan, and so we will be returning to Lake Kawaguchiko to capture its glistening water and autumnal leaves under different lighting conditions. Once again, the domineering Mount Fuji will be our major subject of the day. Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, standing tall at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). It is designated one of Japan's holy mountains alongside Mount Tate and Mount Haku. Thanks to its impressive, cone-like shape, Mount Fuji has inspired artists and poets for centuries, as well as been a centre for pilgrimage. Standing by the lakeside with your camera in hand, you will quickly realise that you are the latest generation of people to attempt to capture the mountain's majesty.  When your time at the lake is over, you will once again return to your accommodation for the evening. 
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Day 3
Mount Fuji is considered to be one of Japan's holy mountains.

Day 3 - Kiso Valley

It is your final day to capture the exquisite beauty of Japan's Fuji Five Lakes area with a sunrise session to remember. Your group will find new areas and angles from which to capture the mountain, and with luck, the lighting conditions will create new effects and compositions. Thereafter, you'll continue the journey onwards, towards the valley of Kiso. This mountainous region is filled with photographic opportunities. We'll spend the day wandering through enchanting traditional towns, capturing the extraordinary architecture that harkens back several centuries. We'll spend two nights in the Kiso Valley as we explore all that it has to offer.
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Day 4
Koyasan Mountain is one of the most spiritual places in the whole of Japan.

Day 4 - Kiso Valley

On day four, we'll continue strolling through the atmospheric Kiso Valley, unearthing beautiful compositions at every turn. The evening streets of these villages make for wonderful photographic opportunities, lit by the warm glow of street lights.
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Day 5
There are over two thousand tombs at Mount Kōya.

Day 5 - Kyoto

On the fifth day of your Japanese photo adventure, you will be moving west to Japan's second city, Kyoto. Kyoto is a magical blend of old and new, and we'll spend the next four days exploring the city's most famous cultural sites, including gardens, palaces, shrines and temples.  Many sites in Kyoto have become popular attractions, hence why we will organise morning shoots. This not only allows us to skip the crowds, but also to maximise the morning's lighting conditions.  Though there is no set schedule for the attractions we will visit, each day will be filled with incredible sights and experiences. Depending on the autumn foliage, we may visit a number of different Buddhist temples surrounded by stunning maple trees and spectacular Japanese architecture made all the more beautiful by the burning red hues of fall. We will be spending the night in accommodation in Kyoto. Our accommodation is in the centre of the city and offers easy walking distance to many of Kyoto’s most photogenic sights.
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Day 6
Kyoto is a land of throwbacks to a simpler time in Japanese history.

Day 6 - Kyoto

On day six, you will continue to explore Kyoto, capturing the very best of the city's cultural landmarks. You will continue your visits to Kyoto's most fascinating temples, surrounded by the flowering greens, yellows, oranges and red colours of fall. There are over 1600 shrines and temples throughout Kyoto, as well as intriguing rock gardens and pagodas steeped in ancient history and rich culture. Each has its own characteristic, so we will take our time capturing these tranquil zen0like areas, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Again, you will retire to accommodation in Kyoto for the evening. 
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Day 7
Japan is one of the most beautiful country's in the world.

Day 7 - Kyoto

The attractions covered over the last few days in Kyoto are by no means a definitive list of where we will be spending our time and organising our photo shoots, but it gives you a good idea of the sites we hope to visit, depending on the autumn colours and how photogenic they will be. 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. What's for sure, however, is that time your time in Kyoto will be invaluable, not just as a traveller, but as a photographer too. Your portfolio will be bursting at the seams with new contributions!  You will spend your final night at the inn in Kyoto. 
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Day 8
Three of the most spectacular locations in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuji.

Day 8 - Koyasan

On your eighth day, you will move on to the sacred Koyasan Mountain. Asides from being immensely beautiful, Mount Kōya, is the centre for Shingon Buddhism and thus is an incredibly special location to many Japanese people. You will also pay a visit to the beautiful, yet haunting Ancient Okunoin cemetery—the largest cemetery in Japan—as well as the vast temple complex and old shrines that can be found nearby.  By the end of the day, you will not just have bagged yourself some new contributions to your portfolio, but also a deeper insight into the mysticism and spiritual practice that is still so prevalent in Japan today.   You will have accommodation for one night at Ryokan Ekoin traditional temple.
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Day 9
Japan is an ancient nation blessed with incredible technological innovation.

Day 9 - Depart from Osaka

Today will be your morning and afternoon in the Koyasan Mountain area, a region of cedar trees and over two-thousand ancient tombstones. Mount Kōya has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. After visiting morning fire ceremony, there are a variety of different areas you can photograph today. These include the Kobo Daishi Mausoleum, Torodo Hall: The Hall of Lamps, The Daimon Gate and the Daito Bell at the Garan temple complex. You can also spend some time during the day sampling traditional Japanese cuisine and learning more about the area's fascinating history and culture. We depart from Koyasan at 11:00 a.m. by our private bus. Once we arrive at the Shin-Osaka train station (likely around 3-4pm with quick lunch stop on the way), we will say our goodbyes and you are free to arrange your flight home or onwards to your next destination. Please keep your tour guides abreast of your travel plans so that they may help to organise your transfers to the airport. You can depart from international Kansai airport in Osaka or from Tokyo (sinkansen 2:30 h ride + 1 hour of Narita express, 150 USD approx. ticket price). Until next time, we hope you've had a fantastic time photographing the nature and cultural treats of Japan.
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What to bring

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.


We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.

Departure Schedule

10-18 Nov 2024 - Luminar Adventures tour guided by Albert Dros and Nigel Danson

19-27 Nov 2024 - guided by Albert Dros and Andy Marty - full

10-18 Nov 2025


Albert Dros

Albert Dros

English, Dutch
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Albert is a Dutch photographer with an extreme passion for landscape photography. He aims to capture places and certain moments in the best way possible by using his own vision and unique style. His style consists of strong vibrant, sometimes fairytale like images in which he expresses himself. Albert has a background in Design, Video and Animation. He has worked for himself his whole life and has as a Master Degree in Multimedia & Entertainment Technology.

Albert loves to travel. Next to photo tours and workshops he likes to explore the world on his own or with friends. He has a passion for visiting the most beautiful spots in the world, whether known or unknown. Challenging himself is what keeps him motivated. Albert loves planning his shots carefully.

He does this with great detail to make sure his efforts have the highest chances of success. He sometimes plans days, weeks, months or even years to get that particular shot he wants. Challenging himself combined with planning and writing a story of the whole process is Albert’s specialty. He is always looking for new challenges and adventures. He is able to find beauty anywhere in the world: from misty mornings in the forests minutes away from his home to rooftops of the highest buildings in Dubai to remote locations in Iceland or the US. Next to taking photos, Albert also likes to teach and write about photography.

He occasionally writes for the most well known Photography magazines both on - and offline. Along that he has worked with many brands in the photography industry and is an official Sony Ambassador of Imaging.

His work has been featured in some of the biggest news outlets & magazines worldwide, like TIME, National Geographic and Adobe.

Andy is a passionate and talented travel photographer who has been capturing stunning images from around the world for over a decade. With a keen eye for detail and a love for adventure, Andy has traveled to some of the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet, always seeking out new and exciting subjects to photograph. Born and raised in Australia, Andy is now based in Dubai, where he has become renowned for capturing cityscape images, including the elusive Dubai fog. Fusing his loves of photography and travel, Dubai has provided an ideal base from which to explore the world. Passionate about capturing the culture, people and landscape of a destination, Andy has worked on creating images that take the viewer with him on his journeys. Over the years, Andy has worked with several large brands on travel campaigns - including flydubai, One&Only, Fairmont Group, Audi and Visit Dubai. His images are known for their vivid colour, striking compositions, and unique perspectives. Whether he's capturing the bustling energy of New York streets, the culture of remote tribes or the quiet stillness of a mountain landscape, Andy's work is always inspired by the beauty of the world around him. When he's not traveling, Andy is a sought-after speaker and teacher, sharing his experience with others and inspiring the next generation of photographers. With a deep passion for helping everyone to improve and truly enjoy their photography, Andy loves nothing more than seeing people travel with their cameras and take amazing images.

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