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Hokkaido Photography Tour

Hokkaido island has a great combination of abundant wildlife, pristine landscapes, rich culture and delicious cuisine. On this trip you will have opportunity to learn landscape photography and wildlife photography as well as immerse yourself in Japanese culture. The tour is led by 2 photographers – Daniel Kordan and local Hokkaido wildlife/landscape specialist. See the itinerary below and join us on this adventure! Limited to 12 spots.


Expedition leader

Daniel Kordan


8 - 15 Feb,  2024

Difficulty Level


Group Size

Maximum of 12 


$6,900 (Double Occupancy)

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  • All transfers ( including drivers’ services, gasoline fees etc)​

  • Lodging in hotels – twin rooms, shared with another participant (1200 USD supplement for single room)

  • Instructions by professional English-speaking guides


  •  Airfare to and from Hokkaido

  •  Meals

  •  Visas (if applicable)

  •  Single supplement (1200 USD)

Day 1:

Arrival to Kushiro airport on recommended flight (will be sent to the group). You can arrive via Osaka or other cities, but arrival time to Kushiro airport should be no later than 13:00. Upon arrival to Kushiro your guides and drivers will meet you and transfer to our hotel at Tsurui area. Discuss upcoming adventure with your tour leaders at delicious Japanese dinner and soak in traditional and world famous Hokkaido onsen bath.

Day 2:

These 2 days we devote for bird photography. We catch in our compositions the graceful dance of cranes in different locations around Tsurui. Images your will take are like traditional Japanese ink paintings! We will have a local photographer with us – animal specialist and good spotter who will bring us to his favorite locations to photograph Sika deer and Hokkaido foxes, cranes, eagles and owls.

Day 3:

We drive to Rausu. From here you can see Kuril islands already! Our main goal in Rausu will be to photograph Steller sea eagle. We take a sea excursion with local bird specialists. Get ready your telephoto lenses to catch magnificent eagle in action! For sunset we plan to visit lake Furen.

Day 4:

At sunrise we photograph wildlife around lake Furen. We check out from our hotel at lake Furen and move towards Teshikaga. Today we switch from wildlife to landscape photography. For sunset we visit Mashu lake. Lake Mashū is a beautiful crater lake formed in the vast caldera. It is located in Akan National Park on the island of Hokkaidō, Japan. The lake has been called the clearest lake in the world. Around lake Mashu we will find lots of minimalistic scenes of single trees. Besides that you can photograph graceful whooper swans at sunset with golden light behind. They spend winter here at hot springs bathing in warm waters of Kusshiro lake.

Day 5:

We photograph lake Kussharo from the best viewpoint – Bihoro pass. After sunrise we have breakfast, check out from our hotel and drive to Biei with several stops on the way. This day we devote to minimal style of photography – single trees in the deep powder of Hokkaido snow hills.

Arriving to Biei in the evening. Settle down in our hotel in Biei for next 3 nights

Day 6:

These are the days we spent most of the time with classical minimal style Hokkaido compositions. We visit iconic “Christmas tree”, Blue pond and several other less known spots. Images of Japanese single trees in the snow always remind me of an oriental writing, and they are perfect when printed and framed on the wall.