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The Japan winter photo tour its a unique travel to minimalist landscapes and amazing wildlife in the north of Japan. During 14 days we will be photographing one of the snowiest places in the world, in fact, Sapporo its 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.
Sapporo Chitose Airport, Japan
We will start our Japan winter photo tour during winter, at Sapporo Chitose Airport. This day we will spend in Sapporo to acclimatise 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 Tokyo with our guide(s), we can make you a 3 days tour the previous days.
After breakfast, will move to the closest forest to photograph the Red Squirrel. Once we success, we will go to our hotel at Jigokudani, also know as Hell Valley. There we will enjoy the landscapes of this volcanic area and walk around the trails of this park. Also at night in our hotel we can enjoy the hot spring baths to acclimatize to the island’s temperatures.
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.
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.
While the first part of our Hokkaido Japan tour its more focus to landscape photography, today we will move to Akan, where we will be focusing in wildlife the most of our time. We will sleeping at Akan the next 2 days, where we will photographing at Akan International Crane Centre, this famous and unique animal specie.
We will move to Rausu, where we will be looking to photograph the Steller’s Sea Eagle & White-Tailed Eagle in this landscapes. Also will be enjoying the beautiful shore, where in addition to photograph the eagles, we will be able to photograph this landscapes.
At morning we will enjoy the sunrise at the shore of Rausu, and after that we will visit the Fish Owl Observatory in the area before move to our next location. This 2 days we will exploring the beautiful Lake Tofutsu, where we will be able to photograph swans that migrate to this are during winter. It will be a days 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 chance to photograph grazing horses in this snowy landscapes.
We will continue our route along the coast, to arrive to Haboro. Here we will be photographing this day the famous Torii gate and other beautiful spots of the shore. Also we will be photographing the industrial areas of the fisherman that during winter remains at the earth cover of snow.
We will arrive to Sapporo in the afternoon, after make some sunrise photography in the coast of Haboro. At the city we will visit the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine till sunset, in our last day at Hokkaido.
We will finish our Japan winter photo tour today at the Sapporo Chitose Airport.
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.