In our Japan during Spring photo tour, you will enjoy the Japan sakura at the most amazing & famous Japanese landmarks. During 15 days you will visit the best spots for chasing the sakura. Visiting the main cities and small villages from Tokyo to Kyoto and with special attention to the famous Mount Fuji.
On this Japan Photo Tour, you will discover also the Japanese culture in sacred places like Koyasan and its incredible cemetery. There we will live with Buddhist monks. For landscape lovers, we will visit Nara or the Kiso Valley, where we will enjoy the landscapes of Japan. Also, we will do a Japan snow monkey photo tour at the Jigokudani monkey park. In addition to other castles such as Osaka, Hikone, Matsumoto, or Himeji where we will chase the cherry blossom around the typical architecture of Japan.
Traveling to Japan is traveling to a unique country in the world. The Spring Japan photo tour is aimed at capturing spectacular pictures of Japan in one of the most spectacular times to visit the country: The Sakura.
We will meet at Narita International Airport where will start the photo tour during the Sakura to Japan. If you arrive at Haneda Airport, we will help you with the transfer to our hotel.
This day we will visit the Meguro River to photograph the Sakura at night when it’s illuminated. Features over 800 cherry trees lining along the Meguro River, we will enjoy the blossom festival along the river. After that, we will spend the night at our hotel in Tokyo.
We will get up early to visit the Sensō-Ji temple during sunrise. From there we will walk around, touring the Asakusa neighborhood, one of the traditional neighborhoods of Tokyo.
After that, we will visit the Inokashira Park to enjoy the 500 cherry trees in the park and the Tokyo Skytree. Our next area to explore will be the Ueno Onshi Park. This park features over 1,000 cherry blossom trees surrounded by beautiful nature, and it’s the most crowded park.
In the afternoon, we will walk to the Chidorigafuchi area to walk around one of the most famous parks in Tokyo for sakura viewing. Here will spend the rest of the day, before we go to the City Hall of Tokyo to photograph the city from its viewpoint.
This night we will visit the Shinjuku neighborhood, known for their small streets of restaurants. After that, we will spend the night at our hotel in Tokyo.
In the morning we will go to Shiba Park, located next to the Zojoji temple and the Tokyo tower. Here we can take pictures of its buildings and trees at their best at dawn and throughout the morning.
During this day we will visit other amazing parks of Tokyo to photograph the Sakura as the Shinjuku Gyoen and the Yoyogi park where we will photograph the sunset at the Meiji shrine. After that, we will get closer to the Scramble Kousaten crossing. Additionally, in this district, we will have dinner before leaving for the 5-lake area on Mount Fuji where we will spend the night.
In the next 2 days we will photograph one of the most emblematic places of our trip: Mount Fuji. We will visit the surroundings of this impressive volcano, from the incredible views that the area known as the 5 lakes will give us.
We will concentrate to get our best sunrise or sunset from the Chureito Pagoda. From there, we can contemplate Mount Fuji and the cherry fields with the temple in the foreground. In addition, we will visit other spots as the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, the old towns as Iyashinosato, waterfalls, or photograph the shinkansen with Fuji in the background.
Once our session is over the second day, we will travel to Matsumoto. Depending on the forces we will go out to photograph its imperial castle illuminated at night.
Firstly, we will get up early to photograph the castle at dawn. Straightaway we will move to Jogokudani Park, in Nakano. At this point, we can photograph the 200 wild snow monkeys that live in this park, taking baths in the park’s hot springs.
In the afternoon we will start our route to the south of Japan, stopping in the incredible town of Shirakawa-go, located in what is known as the Japanese Alps. After photographing it at sunset from the surroundings, we will go to our accommodation in gokoyama. Certainly, this village is especially beautiful and here we will enjoy in our traditional Japanese hotel. Since the traditional Japanese dinner (included in the price) to the outdoor and indoor hot springs.
We will get up early to photograph this beautiful village with the first rays of the sun. Forthwith, we will enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast (included in the price), before we will start our journey again to reach our next destination: Hikone.
In the afternoon already in Hikone, we will have time to visit its impressive castle at sunset as well as the gardens that surround it. Once our session ends, we will continue our trip to Kyoto, in the middle of our Sakura Photography Tour.
We will begin our visit in the morning where we will approach one of the most incredible neighborhoods of our entire trip: Gion. Known as the geisha neighborhood, we can photograph geishas walking in their traditional costumes among old wooden houses and traditional merchants’ shops of yesteryear. The streets of the Gion neighborhood with the Kiyomizu-dera Pagoda in the background at sunrise its one of the most popular views of all Japan.
In the afternoon, we will visit Nijo Castle, one of the most spectacular buildings in Kyoto. We will also walk through the amazing Japanese gardens of Ninomaru. After the visit, we will go to the Nishiki market to have dinner and photograph this busy Japanese market.
Today we will get up early enough to reach Fushimi Inari before sunrise and that 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. After our visit, we will go to the To-ji temple, an ancient Buddhist temple that has the tallest 5-story pagoda in all of Japan.
In the afternoon we will come to walk along the path of the philosopher and if we have time to enter the gardens of the silver pavilion, close to the path.
We will return to the hotel early 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. After our session ends, we will visit the nearby gardens of Okochi Denjiro and the temples of Tenryuji and Nonomiya near the forest.
At noon after lunch, we will visit a street much less known but that maintains the traditional houses of old Kyoto. In the afternoon we will approach another of the most visited points of the city such as the Golden Pavilion, where we can photograph its incredible castle at sunset.
At night, if the forces accompany us, we can go to the Yasaka Jinja temple, which is open for night photography. When we finish we will approach Osaka to rest in our new destination.
In the morning we will go to the Osaka castle, one of the most spectacular in the whole country and that during Sakura offers unrepeatable views.
This day we will go after our visit to Osaka castle to Himeji, to stroll through the Koko-en Gardens near the impressive Himeji Castle. In which we will wait until sunset to photograph it in its maximum splendor.
At night we will visit the Dōtonbori area in Osaka where, in addition to recovering our strength by dining, we will be able to photograph its famous neons in one of the busiest streets in the city.
We will get up early to visit the city of Nara. Famous for the deer that walk through its streets, and that also preserves the traditional Japanese style in its architecture. There we will visit the Kofukuji and Horyuji temples, the first one was moved more than 1000 years ago from Kyoto and the second is the oldest wooden temple in the world.
After lunch, we will visit Mount Yoshino, where we will have one of the most spectacular views of our trip with the Nara mountains full of cherry blossoms and that in the afternoon will leave us some spectacular images to photograph.
At the end of our session we will go to our next destination in Koyasan where we will stay in a shukubo, a Buddhist temple that will offer us a unique experience. There they will be waiting for us to offer us a shojin ryōri style dinner that is typical of Mount Koya. After dinner we can take a bath or onsen, and even take a night walk around the temple.
The day will start at dawn, when the Buddhist monks wake us up to join their Otsutome ceremony, two hours where we can photograph them while lighting a bonfire and reciting sutras. Once the ritual is finished, they will offer us a typical breakfast to start the day with strength. We will use the day to visit the infinite number of monuments and temples of Mount Koya, where the Danjo Garan and, especially, the Kondo Hall, the Fear Hall, the Fudodo Hall, the Vermilion Konpon Daito Pagoda and the small Toto Pagoda stand out.
In the afternoon we will start our journey back north to get to the town of Nagoya.
After having rested, we will begin our walk through the Kiso valley. There we will visit the Magome & Tsumago villages. Located on the ancient Nakasendo route, was the traditional road from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto. Without doubt Magome and especially Tsumago, were two main resting points on this route between the main Japanese cities.
Once our route is finished, we will continue our trip to Tokyo, where we will arrive to rest before starting our flight back the next day.
Depending on the time of arrival, we will approach Odaiba, from where we will have views of the Tokyo skyline and we will be able to take spectacular photographs at sunset. As optional activity (not included in the price) we will have time to enter the TeamLab nearest our spot at sunset.
From our hotel, we will enjoy the night views of the Tokyo Skytree from the viewpoint at the rooftop.
Transfer to the Tokyo Narita airport and end of the photo tour during Spring to Japan. Flight back home.
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.
Narita Airport, Japan