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Winter Japan Photography Tour

Capture the Essence of Japan: A Photography Adventure

We’re thrilled to unveil an extraordinary photography tour that will immerse you in the captivating beauty and culture of Japan like never before. Get ready to embark on a journey that will transform your camera lens into a storyteller’s tool, as you explore iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and breathtaking landscapes.

Dates: January 30, 2024 – February 6, 2024 Duration: 8 Days

Join us as we traverse the diverse landscapes of Japan, from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil shores of Lake Kawaguchi beneath the awe-inspiring Mount Fuji. Venture into the heart of Kyoto, where ancient temples and vibrant festivals await your lens. Explore the enchanting snowscapes of Shirakawa-go and witness the sunrise in picturesque villages. Get up close and personal with Japan’s native Snow Monkeys in their natural habitat.

Highlights of Your Journey Include:

  • Capturing the mesmerizing sunrise over Mount Fuji

  • Immersing yourself in Kyoto’s Setsubun Festival with Geisha dances

  • Exploring the snowy wonderland of Shirakawa-go

  • Photographing the historic Matsumoto Castle at sunset

  • Witnessing playful Snow Monkeys in their onsen retreat

  • Exploring Togakushi Shrine’s serene forested surroundings

  • Experiencing the vibrant energy of Tokyo’s streets

This meticulously crafted itinerary combines the art of photography with the soul of Japan, allowing you to create a visual narrative that will transport you back in time and evoke the essence of this remarkable nation.

Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or a seasoned pro, this adventure promises an unforgettable opportunity to capture Japan’s beauty through your lens. Our journey begins on January 31, 2024, and concludes on February 7, 2024, offering a rich tapestry of experiences that you’ll treasure forever.

Prepare your camera gear, pack your creativity, and join us on a photographic odyssey through the Land of the Rising Sun. Limited spots available, so reserve yours today and embark on the photography adventure of a lifetime!


Expedition leader

Daniel Kordan


30 Jan - 6 Feb,  2024

Difficulty Level


Group Size

Maximum of 12 


$7900 (Double Occupancy)

$9100 (Single Occupancy)


  • 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

  • Visas (if applicable)

  • Single supplement

  • Meals

Day 1 – Arrival in Tokyo (January 30, 2024)

Welcome to the pulsating heart of Japan, Tokyo. As you touch down in this bustling metropolis, you step into a world where tradition meets innovation. Tokyo’s skyscrapers pierce the sky while its ancient shrines and tranquil gardens offer respite from the urban frenzy.

Photography Tip: Capture Tokyo’s energy by experimenting with slow shutter speeds to create light trails from passing cars amidst the neon glow – in Shibuya or Asakusa. First day is just a meeting day – we meet together at Tokyo hotel for the first dinner. So you can arrive anytime today or even skip the dinner and settle quietly at hotel to rest a night.

Day 2 – Snow Monkey Park  (31 Jan, 2024)

Your first chapter unfolds at the Snow Monkey Park, where the native Japanese macaques find solace in the natural hot springs. Their playful antics amidst the snowy backdrop create a captivating narrative of wildlife in its element. We travel to Yudanaka via Nagano by shinkansen and local train, from Tokyo station around 6:30 am.

Photography Tip: Pay attention to the monkeys’ expressions and interactions to capture their unique personalities.

Day 3 – Journey to Snowy Shirakawa-go, 1 Feb

Morning: Sunrise at Shibu Onsen
– Wake up early to capture the beautiful sunrise at Shibu Onsen, a traditional hot spring town near Yudanaka.
– Explore the charming streets, which are dotted with traditional ryokans and picturesque scenes.

Late Morning: Breakfast and walk to monkeys
– Have a traditional Japanese breakfast at your ryokan or a local cafe.
– Check out of your accommodation and leave your luggage with them.

Mid-Morning: Explore the Snowy Landscape and monkeys repeated
– Take a leisurely walk around Yudanaka to capture the scenic snowy landscapes and charming architecture. This is an excellent opportunity for some winter-themed shots. We will travel through the magical winter forest to be the first at monkeys home porch at 9 am 

Enjoy your time with monkeys – allowing yourself plenty of time!

Lunch: Local Cuisine
– Enjoy a hearty lunch at a local restaurant, savoring regional specialties like soba noodles or tempura.

Afternoon we travel to Shirakawa-go.

Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, emerges as a winter wonderland in the snow. The village’s Gassho-style thatched-roof houses, blanketed in a pristine layer of white, appear as if from a fairy tale.

Photography Tip: To convey the sense of depth in your snowy shots, use a wide-angle lens and emphasize the leading lines formed by the snow-covered roads.

Day 4 – From Alps to Kyoto (February 2, 2024, Friday)

After a beautiful fairy tale sunrise in Ainokura village we move to Kyoto, while you traverse a landscape that shifts from tradition to modernity in the blink of an eye. Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart, boasts a treasure trove of shrines, temples, and gardens. Every corner seems like a page from a time-worn novel.

Photography Tip: Use a wide-angle lens to capture the intricate details of Kyoto’s historic architecture. Enjoy bean-throwing festival Setsubun next days.

Day 5 – Setsubun Festival in Kyoto and Nara (February 3, 2024, Saturday)

The Setsubun Festival in Kyoto is a spectacle that transports you to a bygone era. Geisha dances, vibrant kimono-clad figures, and lantern-lit streets create a mesmerizing scene that seems frozen in time.

Setsubun is a Japanese spring festival celebrated on February 3rd, known for its “mamemaki” bean-throwing tradition. Capture the energy of people tossing beans and shouting “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi!” for dynamic shots. Try to photograph the colorful “ehōmaki” sushi rolls, emphasizing their unique ingredients and textures. Don’t forget to focus on the faces of participants during this festive event, revealing their excitement and joy. Seek out traditional Setsubun ceremonies at temples and shrines for cultural authenticity. Experiment with capturing the essence of the festival in low light conditions, such as twilight, to add a magical touch to your photos.

Photography Tip: Capture the grace of the geisha by shooting at a high shutter speed to freeze their elegant movements.