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The Autumn Japan photo tour is an excellent opportunity to photograph the landscapes of the rising sun country in one of the most amazing seasons of the year: Autumn. The landscapes & parks during the season are full of red & yellow colors, while in spring the cherry blossom tour to Japan brings us magical views of this seasons, during autumn the colors are more powerful. This way, we will focus during this tour to photograph his valleys, mountains, and gardens, without forget the two main cities as Tokyo & Kyoto. A complete tour around Japan to photograph Mount Fuji, Nara, Shirakawa Go, Nikko valley and other temples & iconic locations as Koyasan. Enjoy the Momijigari in Japan during our travel around Japan.
Tokyo Narita, Japan
Our Autumn Japan photo tour, will start at the airport of Narita. From here, we will drive directly to the hotel in Fuji according to the arrival of all participants. We will have time to rest from the trip & know all the group participants in our comfortable hotel.
We’ll spend these days exploring the area of the 5 lakes around Mount Fuji, starting in the Kawaguchi lake where we will photograph the sunrise and finishing in the famous Chureito Pagoda for sunset. During the days, according to the weather we will visit other places like Oshino Hakkai, Urui river or Lake Ashinoko.
We will take this day a break in the morning, to recover a little energy from the previous days. Anyway, any participant that wants to photograph the sunrise, will bring them to any previous locations, before come back to the hotel for breakfast. We will take our car to move to the north, where we will approach Nikko. Here we will be sleeping the next 2 nights and will be exploring the area plenty of waterfalls, forests, rivers… Once we arrive at our hotel, we will go to photograph one of the most iconic locations of Nikko: Kegon falls. After that, we will go to the Chuzenji lake, from where we will photograph the sunrise of the Nantai mount reflected in the water of the lakes, with all the forests plenty of autumn colors.
Today will be a complete day in the nature of Nikko, we will come early to capture the first lights from the bottom of Mount Nasu. Here we will be hiking to photograph the incredible nature around this active volcano. Also we will approach Otome no Taki waterfall before leave the are of Mount Nasu and go to have lunch in Nasushiobara.
In the afternoon we will do some stops in the Shiobara valley, as Momiji-dani Ohtsurihashi Large Suspension Bridge, the biggest of this kind in Japan, and the closest Fukyo, Mikaeri or Ryushunnotaki falls. In this valley we will spend the rest of the day, before come back to our hotel in Nikko.
We will spend the day to explore the most famous points of Nikko valley as Shinkyo Bridge, Nikkō Tōshō-gū, Irohazaka Route or the Ryuzu Falls. Also we will have time to walk in the shore of Chuzenji lake to photograph again the sunset from this location. Once we finish our session, we will tell goodbye to Nikko Valley and drive to Matsumoto where we will be sleeping this night.
After sunrise in one of the most important Japanese castles in Matsumoto, we will come to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where we will be able to photograph his famous monkeys taking bath in the thermal waters.
After this session, we will drive to the Hannoki Falls where we will be photographing the landscapes of the Japanese alps.
We will photograph the sunrise from the viewpoint of the historical village of Shirakawa Go. We will be walking in this traditional Japanese village a few hours, and for lunch we will come to Kanazawa. Here we will visit de Japanese garden of Kenroku-en, and start our trip to the south, doing a stop in the temple of Tokugenin. At night we will arrive in Kyoto, where we will have a break from our Momijigari Japan Photo tour.
Today we will visit the most iconic places of Kyoto, will start the day with the early season at Fushimi Inari and his traditional doors. We will spend here a few hours till the tourists start to arrive, then we will move to Tofukuji Temple. Here we will photograph the impressive colors of the autumn and the famous Tsutenkyo Bridge.
After we visit the south of Kyoto, we will move to the center of Kyoto to photograph the Eikando Temple, where autumn colors are impressive at this time. By last we will move to the district of Gion in the afternoon, where we will photographing his famous streets with geishas and the main spot in Kiyomizudera.
Again, we will awake early to come to Arashiyama. Famous for his bamboo forest and also for the colors in autumn of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon we will approach to Ginkaku-ji temple and the philosopher path for sunrise. Kyoto it’s a large city, that we explore with more detail in our spring Japan photo tour, but the places we will visit during this tour look even more amazing during autumn. At night we will move to Osaka, where after leaving our staff at the hotel, we will move to the Dotonburi district to photograph the famous main avenue and taste the traditional food of this city.
We will continue our way, without missing a sunrise in the castle of Osaka. After that, he will come to visit the closest city of Nara, famous for his deers walking in the city. We will visit a few temples in the city before moving to Koyasan in the afternoon, where we will be sharing full day activities with Buddhist monks in his temple. They will bring us his traditional dinner, and also will be joining them in his rituals where we can be doing photographs with respect to his traditions. At night, we will be exploring the cemetery to make a session of photography in this incredible ambient.
Our day will start even early than previous, we will join the morning ritual of the monks and after that share with them a breakfast. We will make another walk on the cemetery of Koyasan before start our trip back to the north. During the road, we will make a stop in one of the most famous views of Nara, where autumn will bring us a colorful landscape of these mountains.
Before lunch, we will arrive at Tsumago-juku to follow of one the ancient paths that were crossing Japan and keep the ancient houses. Here we will enjoy the landscapes and rivers of this path till the evening. During the night we will have a rest at our hotel in the village.
We will awake for sunrise in our village, photographing the first lights in this magical village. After that, and a good breakfast, we will start driving to Tokyo. During our way we will make some stops to photograph the landscapes of Kiso valley.
Once in Tokyo, if we came with time we will approach Rikugi garden to enjoy the autumn colors. After that, we will move to one of the viewpoints of the city to photograph the sunrise from the top. During the night, we will bring you to Shinjuku to enjoy & photograph the small streets of this famous district.
We will awake before sunrise, to come to the Sensō-Ji temple with the first lights of the day, when tourists still are sleeping to photograph this architecture temple in the best conditions. We will have time after that, to visit the best parks in Tokyo. Starting at Ueno Park, Zojoji temple in Shiba park, to the Ginkgo Avenue in Meiji-Jingu Gaien Park, finishing in the Meiji temple for sunrise.
We will have time in this night to photograph the Scramble Kousaten in Shibuya. During a few hours during the night, we also will be walking in the closest small streets to photograph the ambient of this area.
Today will finish our Autumn Japan Photo tour at the Narita International Airport.
If you want to visit Tokyo with more time, you can write to us to add extra days to this tour. Also if you want to explore the north of Japan before the trip start, we also can make an extra route to explore the Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido or the Oze National Park close to Nikko, as the best data to see this area it’s in the start and middle of October.
Price based on the participation of a minimum of 4 participants. In case there are not enough participants, the possibility of making the trip will be offered with an increase proportional to the price, or a 100% refund of the total paid.
The last time of exchange rate calculation was 15th of May 2020, the final price can be modified up to 30 days before the tour start.
The accommodations offered are double rooms with private bathrooms. Except for the Ryokans that have triple rooms and shared bathrooms, of equal or superior quality to 3-4 star hotels.
You can book individual room during the process of book your place for the photo tour. Also you can write us to [email protected] later with this or another request about this tour.
This tour include a basic insurance, we suggest to contract a full cover insurance. Contact us to expand your insurance coverage.
All our tours include all internal transports (cars, vans, trains or flights). We don’t include international flights, but we will guide you at the moment of your booking the best options to arrive to the destiny from your home.
The itinerary mentioned above can be changed due a force mayor reasons as weather conditions or accidents for example. The tour is though for photographers of all levels, so we will prioritise the capture of photographies than tourist visits. Anyway, we always have time to rest or buy souvenirs during the free time.
To book your place you need to pay the 20% of the total cost. Reservations can be made up to 30 days before the start of the trip, and the total payment must be made 15 days before the trip.
This tour is done by Team Travel LLC, PhotoWorldTours acts as an intermediary, due to illness or other reasons the trip may be made by another guide.
Before 90 days we refund the 100%. Before 30 days we refund 80% of the total cost of the tour. Less than 30 days there is no refund (we recommend to contract a full insurance to cover this).
Please, check the section “This tour include” and “This tour not include” to know more details about meals, guides or other services include.
An amazing tour around Japan, all days was an incredible experience photographing Japan. We enjoy the experience to travel with the team, and learn how to improve my photos. Also we had time in some evenings to edit the photos we was doing during the tour. Waiting for next trip!