In the evening, around 8pm, we will all meet in the lobby at our hotel in Kyoto to make sure everyone has arrived. This will be a free night.
We will start the first day visiting the bamboo forest in the Arashiyama neighborhood. In Arashiyama, we will also visit a wonderful temple with green moss and Japanese maple trees. Then we will head to Kiyomizu Temple. Walking down the picturesque cobbled streets from the temple, we will arrive Gion distric where we might have a chance to photograph geisha on the street.
We will get up early to visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, thus avoiding the crowds that visit the place. Later we will visit one of the best Zen temples in Kyoto, less touristic and very quiet. From there we will go to the northern part of Kyoto city to visit an amazing Japanese garden. Then, we will go back to the city center and walk through the famous food market street.
We will leave the city of Kyoto by a private taxi and catch a flight towards Tohoku, to Aomori town, the northern end of the island of Honshu. Once there, we will visit a bridge over a gorge to enjoy the breathtaking views of the landscape covered with a carpet of autumn leaves. Then, we will check-in our traditional rustic ryokan with centuries-old wooden thermal baths. A balm for the senses.
We will get up at dawn to get to photograph the sunrise in a magical pond. Afterwards, we will visit a mountain river of great beauty to enjoy the impressive landscape. Those who are passionate about nature photography will find themselves in paradise. We will walk along the river to enjoy the smell, colors and sounds of nature. At lunch time, we will go up to the lake where we will eat. In the evening, we will arrive at our hidden rustic ryokan in a deep valley.
In the morning we will discover a beautiful forest with autumn leaves near Hirosaki. After amazing stroll in the forest, we will visit to Hirosaki Castle. Aftern sunset, we will photograph the illuminated autumn leaves in the castle. Then, we will have a dinner with a live music of Tsugaru Shamisen, traditional three-string music instrument of Aomori.
In the morning, we will take a bullet train to move to the southern part of Tohoku. Once we arrive at Sendai Station, we will take our van and head to Mt. Zao. Crossing the beautiufl mountains with autumn leaves, we will arrive at the amazing volcanic lake on Mt. Zao. We will sleep near a hot spring village of Zao.
In the morning we will take a cable car to photograph the beautiful autumn colors of the mountain. After the cable car, we will visit an impressive temple hanged on a mountain that offers incredible views over the valley and a walking path with many wooden temples over 1000 years old. The path has more than 1000 stone steps that lead to the top of the mountain little by little. It’s easy to walk to the top and perfect for taking pictures along the way. Then, we will move to another hot spring village to sleep.
In the morning, we will visit an amazing gorge, one of the most beautiful autumn leaves sites in Japan, near our hotel. After the gorge, we will head back to Sendai Station to take a bullet train and leave Tohoku. Our next destination is Nikko. Near Nikko, we take our van again and drive through the mountains and agazing rivers.
During our photo tour to Japan we will combine nights in ryokan with nights in western hotels. 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), so participants who come alone will share a room with another single participant. If you wish to stay in a single room for the whole trip, you must pay a supplement. But single room might not be available in some of the accommodations, and you have to share a twin room with another participant.
Restaurants are carefully selected to enjoy the varieties of Japanese food from sophisticated kaisei to homemade local food. In this tour all breakfasts, lunch and diners are included except the diner of day 0.
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 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, March 4, 2020, 1 euro = 119.876 yen, 1 US dollar = 107.373
For the trip to be carried out, there must be at least 5 participants (maximum of 10 participants). For this reason it is recommended to consult the occupancy of the trip before buying the international flight if the flight ticket requires cancellation fees.
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 & conditions.
Autumnal leaves can not be guaranteed under any circumstances. Each year the trees change color on different dates. Although we always try to capture them at their best, the period in which the leaves change from green to yellow and from yellow to red varies each year depending on the temperature, rain, wind and the heat of each autumn. It is important to keep it in mind that the organizers will not have any responsibility if it is too early or too late to enjoy the autumnal landscapes during the specific dates of the trip. However, if this happens, the organizers will try to change plans to see the autumn leaves in other places.
If you have more doubts about any topic related to the photo tour to Japan, send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
from November 22 to 27, 2020 — Price from ￥249,000 (approx. €2,100 / $2,360)
from February 20 to 28, 2021
Documentary photo project on Japan by Toru Morimoto and Tina Bagué
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