*except for Day 1 on Sunday and Monday, February, from April 29 to May 8, June, and August
If you were a group of more than 3 persons, we will pick you up at JR Kyoto Station at 13:30pm. Otherwise, we will pick you up at JR Sonobe Station (35 minutes from Kyoto Station by train) at 14:00pm. We drive you to our 110-year-old renovated thatched roof house, CASA MIYAMA. Miyama is mountain village located 6o km north of Kyoto city. After check-in CASA MIYAMA, you will relax and enjoy the traditional Japanese house with a photo gallery on the thatched roof attic. At night you will have a special local dish with us at CASA MIYAMA.
We will visit and photograph a picturesque village of Miyama. There are about 30 thatched roof houses in this village. Unlike the famous touristic village of Shirakawago in the Japanese alps, people in Miyama live and work in these houses and there are only a few of them turned into cafes inside the village. After lunch in the village, we will visit another place in Miyama depending on season and your interests. When you are fine, we will go back to our house, CASA MIYAMA. We will have a dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast we will leave to Ine, a picturesque small fisherman village in the northern coast of Kyoto Prefecture. Ine is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Japan. The fisherman houses dot on the seashore. Their houses are called funaya, literally meaning “boat house”. The sea-level ground floor of funaya is a dock for their fishing boats and they live on the second floor. We will take a walk in this old charming village to photograph around. After lunch with the view of Ine Bay from a hill, we will take a cruising boat to photograph the fisherman house from the sea. Today, we will rent a whole fisherman house, funaya, that is renovated as a hotel. The whole house is just only for your group. We will have a dinner at a local seafood restaurant in front of the Ine Bay.
The third day, we will wake up early to photograph fish market of Ine. After fish market, we will have a breakfast in a restaurant and head to Amanohashidate, one of the three most scenic views in Japan along with Miyajima and Matsushima. Amanohashidate, literally means “bridge that stands to the heaven”, is three kilometer long sandbar with the width of as little as 20 meters that connects a bay from one side to another. The narrow path is lined with nearly 8,000 pine trees, making the place one of the best pine trees spots in Japan. In summer, people swim in the beaches along the sandbar.
We will walk through or the sandbar, photographing the beautiful green pine trees and deep blue sea water. We will also go up the hills to photograph Amanohashidate from above to capture the shape that Japanese people depict as a dragon flying to the sky. This view was painted by a famous Japanese Ukiyoe painter, Hiroshige, in the beginning of the 19th century in Edo Period.
For the last night of the tour, we will sleep in a high-class traditional Japanese style inn, ryokan, along the picturesque canal of Amanohashidate. If you prefer we can upgrade the last night’s hotel to another villa style hotel with private swimming pool and hot spring bath including creative modern Japanese kaiseki dinner.
We will leave Amanohashidate after breakfast, heading to Kyoto city. Before noon, we will drop you off at JR Sonobe Station or Kyoto Station (if you were more than 3 persons) and the tour ends here.
This is a PRIVATE TOUR which means this is a tour for a couple, family, group of friends. Participants do not travel with other people who they don’t know each other.
During our photo tour in Northern Kyoto (4 nights), we will stay in very special hotels. The first and second day: Casa Miyama, our renovated traditional Japanese 110-year-old thatched roof house in Miyama. The whole house is just for your group. The third day: a renovated Funaya, fisherman house, on the seashore in Ine. The whole house is just for your group. The forth day: high class Japanese style hotel on the sea shore. On this tour, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all included. Last night of hotel and meals can be up graded if you wish.
The tour price will depend on the number of participants and date. The price below is approximate, and the final price will be calculated each time once a private group is formed and before reservation. If you upgrade the hotel and meals of last night, you have to add extra fees of about 450,000 yen per person to the price below.
*The tour price is fixed in Japanese yen(￥). When you make a payment, depending on the exchange rate with your currency, tour price in your currency will change.
For the trip to take place there must be a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 8.
It is mandatory to have comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, emergency evacuation, repatriation of remains, dismemberment, and accidental death. You have to give us a copy of travel insurance before the trip.
If the cancellation is made more than 61 days before the start of the tour, deposit will be refunded in full. Deposit will not be refunded if the cancellation is made within 60 days before the start of the tour. For more details of cancellation and conditions of refund of the balance due after 60 days, please read our terms & conditions.
For any doubts and questions about this photo tour to Japan, please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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