Hokkaido photo tour: Japan winter

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12 Days
Availability : Jan 17th - 28th
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 8

Details Hokkaido photo tour: Japan winter

The Hokkaido photo tour its a unique travel to minimalist landscapes and amazing wildlife in the north of Japan. During 12 days we will be photographing one of the snowiest places in the world, in fact, Sapporo it’s the second snowiest city in the world, behind Aomori, also in Japan.

While in summer the landscapes of Hokkaido are full of lavender fields, during winter this area became a perfect place for minimalist photography. Also, we will have a high chance of meeting a variety of wild animals as red-crowned cranes, Blakiston’s fish owl, Eurasian red squirrel, swans, steller’s sea eagles and white-tailed eagles, sika deer, Ezo red fox… definitely a perfect place if you love wildlife photography.

Departure & Return Location

Sapporo Chitose Airport, Japan

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in twin rooms with private bathroom
  • Accommodation in Ryokans with dinner and breakfast include
  • All transports during the tour
  • Entrance to National Parks & gardens
  • Edition lessons during the tour
  • Photographer Guide
  • Basic travel insurance

Price Excludes


  • DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod and remote shutter
  • Wide angle lens (14-24mm as example)
  • Standard lens (24-70mm as example)
  • Telephoto lens (70-200mm as example)
  • Headlight
  • Warm jacket, gloves and hat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal waterproof pants
  • Waterproof mountain boots
  • Gloves, hat and scarf

Photographic lessons

  • Composition
  • Digital Workflow
  • Panoramic Photography
  • Depth of Field calculation
  • Focal Blending
  • Blue Hour Photography
  • Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
  • Photoshop and Lightroom post-processing workflow

Photos Hokkaido photo tour

Itinerary Hokkaido photo tour

Day 1 Arrive in Sapporo Chitose Airport

We will start our Hokkaido photo tour, at Sapporo Chitose Airport. This day we will spend in Sapporo to acclimatize to the area and rest in our hotel in the city center, where we can go to visit the city center and the views from the copy to the Tokyo Tower during our first night at Hokkaido.

If you want to visit the south of Hokkaido with our guide(s), we can make you a 3 days tour the previous days.

Day 2 Otaru

Today we will be exploring the volcanoes & lakes of this area. Here we will find a large amount of volcanoes to photograph as Mt. Yotei or beautiful lakes as the Toya at Shikotsu Toya National Park. Also will visit a rare Torii gate at the top of one rock in the shore: Ebisu iwa, before we arrive to our hotel this night at Otaru. We will pass the night at this beautiful town close to Sapporo, where we will be photographing the canal and classical architecture of the village. During all days we will make some spots at the road to photograph the Hokkaido Sika Deer our the Ezo red foxes that lives in the island and its easy to see.

Day 3, 4 & 5 Biei

This 3 days we will be exploring the central and most famous part of Hokkaido. While during summer we are photographing here the lavender fields, during winter we can find infinite spots of lonely trees to do landscape photography. Also we will be photographing the Shirohige (White Beard) Falls, as well as other beautiful small mounts and forest in this area.

Day 6 Daisetsuzan National Park

Today we will move to the East of Hokkaido. During our route, we will be doing several stops to photograph the incredible waterfalls and landscapes of the Daisetsuzan National Park.

In the evening we will arrive at Akan Lake, where we will enjoy the dinner in a 5 stars hotel and also will have time to rest from our first part of the trip.

Day 7 Akan

While the first part of our Hokkaido Japan tour its more focused on landscape photography, at Akan, we will be focusing on wildlife most of our time. Today, we will be photographing at Akan International Crane Centre, this famous and unique animal specie during all day.

After our session finish, we will move to Lake Kussharo, which will be our base for the next days.

Day 8 Rausu

As optional activity (not included in the price) we can take a boat to photograph the Steller’s Sea Eagle & White-Tailed Eagle in the Rausu landscapes. Also, we will be enjoying the beautiful shore, where in addition to photographing the eagles, we will be able to photograph these landscapes and waterfalls of the area.

In the evening, we will photograph the swans in the beautiful lake close to our hotel. After that, we can have a rest at our hotel and do some post-processing lessons.

Day 9 Lake Tofutsu

This day we will explore the beautiful Lake Tofutsu, where we will be able to photograph swans that migrate to this area during winter. It will be a day full of magic, with the morning fogs that usually cover the lake and will give us magical light in the environment. Also, we will have a chance to photograph grazing horses in these snowy landscapes.

Day 10 Haboro

We will continue our route along the coast, to arrive to Haboro. During our way, we will be photographing the industrial areas of the fisherman that during winter remains at the earth cover of snow.

Once in Haboro, we will be photographing the most famous Torii gate of Hokkaido. After that, we will have time to rest in our hotel close to the area.

Day 11 Sapporo

First thing in the morning, we will move back to the Torii gate to photograph during sunrise. After that, we will continue our way to Sapporo. As soon as we arrive to Sapporo in the afternoon, we will visit the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine till sunset, on our last day at Hokkaido.

Day 12 End of the trip

We will finish our Hokkaido photo tour today at the Sapporo Chitose Airport.

Map Hokkaido photo tour

Photographer Guide(s)

Eduardo Fuster

Eduardo Fuster

Co Founder - Photographer

Spanish photographer & teacher, living for the last 3 years in St Petersburg, Russia. His photos were published in magazines as National Geographic, Vogue, El Pais, Washington Post … Also worked in Real Estate photography for large luxury companies in the USA. He also was working for the last 15 years in video design, collaborating in ads campaigns for Nike, Carrefour, Nivea, Hiberdrola, Tourism of Spain… His photographs were recognized in different international conquests. As an example the 1st place in Sunrises & Sunsets 35 awards 2019. Also get honorable mentions in the fine art photography awards 2018,2017,2016, Monochrome visions, 35 Awards 2018 & 2017 as example. 

photo tours Jabi Sanz

Jabi Sanz

Co Founder - Photographer

I have been fascinated by the possibilities of photography since my trip to Iceland in Aug 2017. I grew up in Pamplona, a small city in the North of Spain. My parents always used to take me to explore nature, not far from my city. We have the incredible Pyrenees just an hour from home. But I never had a camera or a passion for photography till that trip to Iceland, where I bought my current camera. That country blew my mind and now I can’t live without photography. I think photography makes me connect to nature different from what I have ever experienced before. Nature is my inspiration, with all the beauty, variety of colors, sounds and compositions. Nature has made me travel and get to know places that I didn’t think before I would go.

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Conditions about this photo tour


Price based on the participation of a minimum of 6 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 July 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 are double rooms with shared bathroom, 1 night with dinner and breakfast included). All hotels are 3-4 stars.
You can book an individual room during the process of the book your place for the photo tour or writing us to info@photoworldtours.com


This tour includes basic insurance, we suggest contracting full cover insurance. Contact us to expand your insurance coverage.


This tour includes 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 to a force mayor reasons like weather conditions or accidents for example.

Payment & Refunds

To book your place you need to pay 20% of the total cost. The total payment must be made 15 days before the trip.

This tour is done by LLC “CLUB OF PHOTO TRAVELERS”, due to illness or other reasons the trip may be made by another guide.


Before 15 days we refund 100%. Less than 15 days there is no refund.

Other considerations

Please, check the section “This tour include” and “This tour not include” to know more details about meals, guides or other services include.