Our Japanese Alps Photo Tour is a magic trip to the most beautiful Japanese mountains in Honshu. Photograph villages like Shirakawago or Gokayama, surrounded by impressive mountain ranges, and of course the iconic Mount Fuji during winter. You will have also the opportunity to do a snow monkey photography tour and walk in the most iconic streets of Tokyo.
Japan has many beautiful places to visit, but few offer the same combination of natural beauty and cultural experience that Japan’s mountains provide. The country’s highest peaks, Mount Fuji and Mount Haku, rise above the clouds in the Japanese Alps, which stretch across the northern part of Honshu Island. This region offers visitors spectacular views of snowcapped mountains, lush forests, and crystal clear lakes.
A complete workshop to discover the most beautiful snowy landscapes of Japan. Also, enjoy all visits with our professional photographer guides in our small groups. Just 4 seats, to enjoy every moment in calm and in a friendly atmosphere.
Our Japanese Alps Photography Tour is an epic adventure to capture the contrast of Japan. We will meet at our hotel in Tokyo at 15:00 when the tour starts. We will help you to move from your airport, both Narita and Haneda have good connections to our hotel. Once there, we will have time to rest and have our first dinner.
We will start the day after breakfast, moving to the TeamLab Borderless. A futuristic museum, that will introduce us to modern Japan. In contrast with the nearest spots, here we will capture surrealistic images.
After lunch, we will have some rest before moving to our viewpoint at Roppongi Hills. From there, we will have a view of Tokyo Tower and all cityscape of the city. Once the sun is gone, we will move to visit some spots that at night offer us spectacular conditions.
To explore the Japanese Alps, we will start by visiting the Fuji Five Lakes area. Located just outside Tokyo, these five lakes are surrounded by towering mountains and offer us a great variety of photography spots. We can hike along the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Motosu, Lake Ashi, and Lake Shikotsu. Each lake offers its own unique landscape and atmosphere.
Of course, we not will miss the opportunity to visit Chureito Pagoda for sunrise. Probably the most iconic location of all our Japan photo tours. Also will visit traditional villages, Torii gates, and different viewpoints of Mount Fuji.
Today, for those who want we will do our last sunrise at Fuji 5 lakes. After that, we will have breakfast and move to our next destination. Before arriving at Matsumoto, we will stop at Koizumi Inari Shrine, where we can photograph a unique Torii gates design.
After a snack lunch, we will arrive at one of the most beautiful Japanese castles: Matsumoto castle. Here is where we will enjoy the sunset and winter night illumination.
In the early morning, we will come to Jigokudani Monkey Park, where we will be able to photograph his famous monkeys taking baths in the thermal waters. We will have all morning to spend in this monkey sanctuary, so we will have time to photograph different situations and actions.
During our route to the heart of the Japanese Alps, we will stop in Nakasendo Narai-juku. A traditional Japanese village, where you can start to feel the magic of the area.
We will arrive for sunset at Shirakawa-go, which will be our base for the next 2 nights. This way, we can have a well-deserved dinner and short transport times during the next days.
These 2 days, we will photograph the sunrises & sunsets from different locations as the viewpoint of the historical villages of Shirakawa Go &. Gokayama. We will be walking in these traditional Japanese villages, but also visit lakes, viewpoints, torii gates & shrines. Complete days, that will bring us unique photographs and experiences.
We will get up early again to arrive before dawn at the Arashiyama bamboo forest. We will look for the best location to be prepared when the first rays of the sun enter this incredible forest. After our session ends, we will visit the nearby gardens of Okochi Denjiro and the temples of Tenryuji and Nonomiya near the forest.
After breakfast and check out, we will approach another of the most visited points of the city such as the Golden Pavilion, where we can photograph its incredible pavillion.
When we finish we will approach Osaka to do a sunset session at the castle.
Today we will get up early enough to reach Fushimi Inari before sunrise and all tourists flood this iconic place. We will walk through its more than 10,000 torii at dawn, always looking for the best compositions and we will take advantage of the morning to visit this sacred mountain.
At the afternoon, we will go to the To-ji temple, an ancient Buddhist temple that has the tallest 5-story pagoda in all of Japan. After that, we will return to the hotel to rest and prepare for the next day.
We will get up early again to arrive before dawn at the Arashiyama bamboo forest. We will look for the best location to be prepared when the first rays of the sun enter this incredible forest.
Today, will be a driving day back to the north. During our route, will have time to do small stops as in Nagoya before arriving to Tokyo.
Today, we will visit in the early morning. the area of the Sensō-Ji temple and the Tokyo Skytree. We will have enough time before coming back to the hotel for breakfast. Once we had some rest, we will visit the Meiji temple before lunch.
After lunch in the area, we will shoot the sunset from the Rainbow bridge, with the skyline of Tokyo. After that, we will come back to our hotel. Where we will have dinner and continue exploring the famous narrow streets with small bars and neon lights.
Today will finish our winter Japan tour, if you want to extend this trip let us know once you book.
Before this tour, will start our Hokkaido photo tour. If you want to join us on both adventures, you will get 750€ discount. Let us know when you send us an inquiry!
Spanish photographer & teacher, diplomate in Art & specialized in Video & Photography. His photos were published in magazines such as National Geographic, Vogue, El Pais, Washington Post … Also worked in Real Estate photography for large luxury companies in the USA. He has also been working for the last 20 years in video design, collaborating on 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 an example.