We will take a bullet train, Shinkansen, to Nagano where we will photograph the snow monkeys while they bathe in hot spring water. In the evening, we will enjoy street photography in narrow old streets at one our favourite hot spring villages where we will stay today. After photographing the snow monkeys in a snowy cold winter day, we will deserve to relax in hot springs and enjoy beautiful and delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner in our Ryokan, Japanese style inn.
In the morning we will go back to photograph the snow monkeys for a little while just in case we are not satisfied with the pictures or the weather of the day before. Afterwards we will visit the most famous Japanese temple in Nagano. Then we will take Shinkansen to head to Kanazawa. We will sleep at a western hotel in the city of Kanazawa.
In the morning, we will visit Kenrokuen, one of the most famous Japanese garden in Japan. We will photograph the snow covered garden whose trees are protected by yukitsuri, the Japanese technique to preserve trees from heavy snow. After enjoying the park, we will take our private van to go to a fairy tale like village of Shirakawago. Shirakawago is famous for its Gassho zukuri House, a traditional Japanese house with a steep rafter roof in Shirakawa-go. This historical village registered as an UNESCO world heritage site. We will sleep in a Gassho zukuri House in this village.
In the morning, after photographing Shirakawago village a little bit more, we will go back to Kanazawa to have a lunch in the famous Kanazawa museum. After lunch, we will take a bullet train to go back to Tokyo or Kyoto.
This is a PRIVATE TOUR which means this is a tour for a couple, family, group of friends. Participants do not travel with others who they don’t know each other.
During our photo tour to Japan we will combine nights in ryokan, western hotel and local inn. Whether they are traditional Japanese inns or western hotels, all of them are mid-high or high class with good reputation or selected by tour leaders from their experiences.
The rooms will be twin room (with two beds) or tatami room. If you were three or five there will be a triple room in western hotel, and three persons in a room in ryokan with tatami room.
Restaurants are carefully selected to enjoy the varieties of Japanese food from sophisticated kaisei to homemade local food. On this tour, all meals are included.
If anybody has allergy or food intolerance problems, or is a vegetarian, we will try to make the necessary changes in the menus when it is possible.
The tour price will depend on the number of participants.
*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. The approximate price in Euro and US Dollars above are calculated based on the exchange rate of the publishing day of this tour, June 7, 2019, 1 euro = 122.23 yen, 1 US dollar = 108.045
For the trip to be carried out, there must be at least 2 participants and maximum of 6 participants.
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 only if the place(s) is/are filled with another/other participant(s). 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 & conditiones.
“Snow Monsters” can not be guaranteed in any case. Although we will visit to photograph the Snow Monsters on the best time during the year, it depends on the various clime conditions. It is important to keep it in mind that the organizers will not have any responsibility if there is no Snow Monsters during the specific dates of the tour.
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